The British Columbia Health Ministry has reportedly admitted that it shipped “biomedical waste” — which included tissue from aborted fetuses — to an Oregon waste-to-energy facility to produce electricity for residents.
In an email to the B.C. Catholic, a religious news organization, unnamed officials with the ministry’s communications branch admitted that “biomedical waste,” which includes “human tissue, such as surgically removed cancerous tissue, amputated limbs and fetal tissue,” is “disposed of through appropriate contacted providers.”
The British Columbia Health Ministry apparently admitted in the same email that “some is transferred to Oregon” where it is “incinerated in a waste-to-energy plant.”
The remains are handled according to “health and safety protocols, as well as federal, provincial, and local regulations,” officials said.
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Kristan Mitchell, executive director of the Oregon Refuse and Recycling Association, told the B.C. Catholic that the “biomedical waste” likely ends up at the Covanta Marion waste-to-energy facility in Oregon since it is the only facility that uses waste to power the grid. The facility confirmed that it still receives and incinerates B.C. medical waste.
The power facility, located in Brookes just off the I-5, burns waste in two massive boilers at a temperature of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat transfers into water tubes, which creates steam to drive turbines. The turbines generate electricity.
A 2007 article about the Marion waste-to-energy facility that appeared in the Willamette Live — ironically titled “Burn, Baby, Burn” — stated that at the time the incinerator burned about 800 tons (1,764,000 pounds) of medical waste per year.
“Pontius Pilate would be proud,” United for Life President John Hof told the B.C. Catholic. “This points to a ludicrous disconnect in our society.”
In March, it was reported that aborted babies were being incinerated to heat UK hospitals.
“At least 15,500 fetal remains were incinerated by 27 NHS trusts over the last two years alone, Channel 4’s Dispatches discovered,” the Telegraph reported.