As many in our community are aware, National Gypsum in White Deer Township has contracted with En-Tire Logistics LLC to have a tire incinerator built on their property near Watsontown, Milton, White Deer Elementary School and the Susquehanna River. This facility would burn 100 million pounds of shredded tires per year to provide heat and electricity to National Gypsum's wallboard paper plant. If the community does not rally to stop these plans, the facility will go into operation in 2015.
On Sept. 27 the Department of Environmental Protection approved En-Tire's air-quality permit application despite receiving more than 400 letters, testimonies and signatures opposed to this action. In the last month our group of grass-roots citizens, called The Tire Burner Team, has held townhall meetings, undertaken a petition drive, and met with many individuals and groups to talk with them about the dangers of the tire burner. We are approaching 2,000 signatures to our online (change.org) and printed petitions asking National Gypsum to end their relationship with En-Tire and stop this project.
The Tire Team wants the public to be aware of the following 10 facts:
1. All other tire incinerators like the one proposed for our community have been shut down due to fires, violations, or bankruptcy. Because of that, there are currently no other facilities in the country using 100 percent tire-derived fuel (TDF), as National Gypsum wants to do here. We do not want this kind of failed industry in our community.
2. The location is a disaster waiting to happen. It makes no sense to build a facility with known polluting emissions so close to a river, to children and a concentrated population. The tire burner would be located just one mile from White Deer Elementary School. It would be alongside a particularly important and beautiful stretch of the Susquehanna River. It would be across the river from the people of Milton. The daily emissions and the likelihood of a fire would put our children, our teachers, our neighbors and our river literally in the line of fire.