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October 21, 2013

Tire-burner appeal approved

— NEW COLUMBIA — The White Deer Township supervisors on Monday authorized the filing of a protective appeal with the state Department of Environmental Protection, which will give attorneys and advisers hired by township officials more time to see if the permit issued by DEP to allow a tire incinerator to be built in the township was issued properly.

“It won’t stop the En-Tire Logistics project from proceeding as they will,” said township solicitor Peter Matson, “but it will give us time to do more due diligence and be more prepared for the public hearing.”

The hearing before the DEP will likely be held in Harrisburg, at a date yet to be decided.

Special advisers Paul Bruder, of Rhoads and Sinon, of Harrisburg, Patrick Zaepfal, of Zaepfel Law, of Lancaster, and Gavin L. Biebuyck, of Liberty Environmental Inc., all attended Monday night’s township meeting, where they met with the supervisors in an executive session before the public meeting.

They are studying DEP’s recent approval of an air quality application for the White Deer Energy Project, Matson said.

Matson declined to field questions about the appeal and the coming hearing.

“This board has not made any decisions one way or the other,” he said. “We’re trying to obtain more information and the only way to do that is to file an appeal. Nothing has been done tonight. The board has to approach this issue objectively. We cannot make pre-judgements before the hearing.”

Meanwhile, DEP will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Warrior Run Area Fire Department, 196 White Deer Ave., Allenwood.

DEP staff will discuss the permit approval process, what roles DEP and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had in the review and En-Tire’s obligations.

Pete Mackey, a White Deer Township resident who has filed an individual appeal to DEP, told Supervisors Caroll Diefenbach, Larry Seibert and Donald Wilver Jr. that he was “proud of you for doing this, I know it wasn’t easy.

“I hope those interested in this will attend the DEP meeting,” Mackey continued.

A conglomeration of groups and environmentalists who oppose the En-Tire project will discuss DEP’s actions, the project’s next steps, the risks this tir- burner poses and the tasks involved in fighting the tire-burner at their own meeting immediately following the DEP’s meeting at the same location.

They will share their response to the DEP’s information and explain options going forward. The group is opposed to the building of the tire-burner.

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