The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 18, 2013

Ten reasons to oppose the tire burner


3. When fires at tire-fuel plants start, they are close to impossible to extinguish. Meanwhile, massive toxins are released into the air. We do not want to risk that catastrophe here, let alone at this location.

4. The companies involved have no reason to be concerned about the impact on our community of this dangerous enterprise. En-Tire, a shell company created by Emanuel Tire, has its headquarters in Texas. Emanuel Tire is based in Baltimore, Md. National Gypsum's headquarters are more than 500 miles away, in Charlotte, N.C. They will be well out of harm's way of the emissions. So should we.

5. En-Tire has said its TDF plant for National Gypsum would only produce 35 jobs. There are other ways to bring jobs into our community that do not pollute and endanger our health. Let's pursue those.

6. There are ways to recycle and reuse tires that do not release their toxins into our air or risk catastrophic fires. Burning tires is the worst way to dispose of them.

7. Despite its claim the tire burner will be "safe," DEP based their decision on studies that are unrelated to 100 percent TDF facilities, outdated, and from the industry-biased Rubber Manufacturer's Association. DEP is simply regulating how much pollution will be going into the air.

8. Even if the proposed plant worked well, DEP admits the tire burner will emit thousands of pounds of chemicals, pollutants and fine particulates into the air each year. These toxins will be detrimental to the lungs of children, the elderly and those with breathing problems.

9. There will be collateral damage from the tire burner, including declining property values, burdens to our communities for emergency response, and pollutants falling into the river and farmers' fields.

10. Research shows that areas like ours are targeted for polluting facilities like this tire incinerator. Companies assume because we are rural, respectful, and grounded in religious values we will simply allow our community to be a dumping ground. But we know those very qualities are what make us strong in protecting our children and our beautiful area.

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