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September 29, 2013

Crawford tire fuel project moves ahead

Union County fight ‘not over,’ activist vows

WHITE DEER — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s approval of the air quality permit for a tire-derived fuel plant in Union County came just days after a challenge was withdrawn to a similar plant proposed for Crawford County.

The Meadville (Pa.) Tribune reported Sept. 22 that plans to build a $360 million tire-derived fuel plant in Crawford County’s Greenwood Township are back on track since a challenge was withdrawn to the air quality plan approval DEP issued for that plant.

The challenge, filed by two private citizens, included a list of 16 legal objections to various aspects of the approval.

Terms of a settlement are on the website of Crawford Area Residents for the Environment, a group that opposed that project from the beginning and supported the challenge, the Tribune reported

Greg Rubino, of Crawford Renewable Energy, told the newspaper an accurate report of the settlement is shown on stopburningtires.com.

Under the settlement, the developer will work with a consultant chosen by the plaintiffs regarding filtration products’ use before selecting one to control particulate matter, among other stipulations.

Meanwhile, in Union County, while news settled in of DEP’s approval to the En-Tire Logistics’ air quality application, local opponents prepared for the next round of challenges.

“We do not view DEP’s approval of the permit as the end of the story,” said the Rev. Leah Schade, a member of the “Tire Burner Team” opposing the plant proposed for the National Gypsum site in White Deer Township. “This is not over.”

Schade said the group is planning a town hall meeting “to respond to this increasing threat to our community” and will announce soon when that will take place.

DEP also plans to hold an informational meeting with interested residents to discuss the approval process, what the roles of DEP and the Environmental Protection Agency were in the review and what issuance of the approval means.

The meeting is planned for October, DEP said in its announcement Friday, but specific details are forthcoming.

 

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