DEP’s regulatory obligations include five controls, including a dry scrubber that reduces sulfur dioxide emissions. En-Tire also must continuously monitor emissions and perform stack testing to evaluate performance of the controls.
Union County Commissioner John Showers agreed with the decision. Though Showers said he’d rather see the plant operate on natural gas than tires, DEP needs time to go over the comments it has received. “Larson has seen nothing out of question with the application or the permit,” he said. “I would agree that no one seems to be stepping forward saying they need further time for analysis of the information.”
Keller said that a DEP decision on the air quality permit will not happen the day after the public comment period closes.
“They are going to take into account what has been said and written,” he said.
Carroll Diefenbach, White Deer Township supervisor, said there also are township procedures En-Tire must follow, including applying for land development and conditional use permits, submitting storm water drainage plans and addressing issues with the local sewer authority. All of these also have waiting and public comment periods, he said, which would take months to complete.