The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 14, 2012

DEP: Riverside man violates environmental laws by burning tires

RIVERSIDE — A borough man warned by the state Department of Environmental Protection to rid his property of 5,000 tires has done just that — by burning them on Wednesday, according to a complaint DEP received from Ben Snyder’s neighbor.

“Oh yeah, we received the complaint, all right,” DEP spokesman Daniel T. Spadoni said Thursday.

“We have already sent the property owner a notice of violation. Our waste management people are certainly investigating the charge.”

The tipster who sent the complaint to DEP asked to remain anonymous. In his note, he said that “There was a welder putting legs on a large barrel, like a burn barrel, and he is now burning the tires.”

The property at 1400 Avenue G was first reported to DEP on Aug. 6, Spadoni said. A subsequent investigation revealed that the property contained a large number of tires, a violation of DEP regulations.

Snyder reportedly was working with DEP to get rid of the tires that he had accumulated for years. He allegedly told DEP that he was looking for alternatives to sending the tires to a landfill.

Under terms of the Solid Waste Management Act of 1980, homeowners may have as many as 500 waste tires stored in an open area and up to 1,500 in an enclosed area, Spadoni said.

In a notice of violation letter dated Aug. 15, Spadoni said, Snyder was given 14 days to provide DEP with a cleanup schedule.

“He did not meet that schedule,” Spadoni said.


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