The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Letters

May 17, 2013

En-Tire plant

I am very concerned about the tire burner that has been tentatively approved by DEP for White Deer Township. I am a property owner in Delaware Township and the proximity is one of the reasons why I am so concerned. Some of my other concerns are the total disregard En-Tire, National Gypsum, DEP, and the White Deer Township supervisors have for the people of this Valley.

All of our elected officials have known about this incinerator for the last two years (even though they will try to convince us that they just found out about it) and they did nothing to educate or inform the people, especially the ones who live the closest to the location of proposed construction.

I was at the meeting DEP held in Allenwood on May 2 and it boggles the mind at the extent to which corporations and politicians will go to keep their constituents ill-informed or not informed at all on matters that are of critical importance to them and their health and well-being.

This incinerator will pollute our air. The panel of "experts" from En-Tire, National Gypsum and DEP admitted that it would not improve our air quality but would, in fact, make it worse. They are not even aware how tires are made or what they are made of chemically. All they know is "rubber." Since they are so uninformed how are we supposed to trust them when they tell us that this incinerator that is spewing tons of toxic fumes into our air is harmless?

National Gypsum even went so far as to say they are trying to get away from fossil fuels when in their very own information sheet it says this burner will burn shredded tires and/or natural gas, both of which are fossil fuels. When I questioned National Gypsum about this statement they seemed surprised and told me that natural gas is simply a back-up fuel for when the tires are low or something goes wrong with the facility.

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