The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

June 21, 2013

Adding to our risks

Daily Item

---- — Like many citizens of the Central Susquehanna Valley, I am concerned about the construction of the proposed TDF (tire-derived fuel) power plan for which En-Tire Logistics of Milton, LLC, is seeking a permit in order to produce energy for the National Gypsum plant in White Deer Township.

Of all the arguments to be made both for and against the use of TDF, the one that concerns me the most is tire fires.

Tire fires are common wherever large quantities of used tires are stored. These fires generate thick, black smoke that has a terrible stench, contains multiple toxins, and causes damage to lungs as well as to homes, crops, etc. Tire fires are also extremely difficult to extinguish and can last from many hours to several years.

A Wikipedia link,, lists several instances of "notable tire fires." Each fire listed contains a reference to verify the information.

If such a fire were to break out at En-Tire Logistics, would local firefighters be prepared to put it out? Would the employees of En-Tire or National Gypsum have the knowledge and experience necessary to extinguish such a fire? Would such a fire be extinguished before the smoke reached the White Deer Elementary School located fewer than two miles from the proposed TDF plant site?

I urge the citizens of this region to speak out against the proposed TDF power plant in White Deer Township. Write to the White Deer Township supervisors, write or call your state representative and your county commissioners. For more information visit the Organizations United for the Environment (OUE) website at

The health and beauty of this region are at already at stake from fracking. A TDF power plant will just add to our existing environmental risks.

Patricia M. Parker,