The medical waste incinerator looks to be, well, cooked.
Last week the Pennsylvania company proposing to place what it says would be a $27 million operation east of Macclenny called for a breather before proceeding with its request for both Baker County and the city’s approval.
A delay, in this case, is tantamount to throwing a bucket of ice water on a burning book of matches.
Two county commissioners declared this week they, like dozens and probably hundreds of constituents, don’t want to have anything to do with the burning of medical waste in or near Baker County. Assuming they don’t change their mind, that means only a single vote separates the plan and its demise.
The others, we can assume, are sniffing the air (excuse the pun) and appeared noncommittal for now. Maybe they want to give (or appear so) Integrated Waste Management Systems more time to gel up its effort to quell fears that the incinerator will be an environmental freak show.
The company insists that, with approval from the multi-layered environmental regulation agencies, what it will send into the air is harmless.