The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 17, 2013

En-Tire plant


Tires are a petroleum product which is a fossil fuel. Now his statement of a back-up for when something goes wrong is not filling me with warm fuzzies either. It seems like it's not a matter of "if" but "when" something goes wrong. Since there is an elementary school and nursing home so close by, are they going to provide gas masks for all these people when there is an accident at this plant? And what about the people of New Columbia? They will all need clean, fresh air to breathe also.

The most telling thing of the whole evening was the fact that we sat there for an hour listening to them tell us how this incinerator will be totally harmless and will be this wonderful additional to our neighborhood. But when it was our turn to speak they all left. We were preaching to the choir. They didn't even have the common courtesy to listen to our concerns.

After the meeting there was an article in the paper proclaiming the accolades of the local politicians for getting a 45-day extension on the public comment period, which is good but in no way lets the politicians off the hook for trying to keep us in the dark when they knew every step of the way what was coming. DEP is also not off the hook. Its mission statement says "The Department of Environmental Protection's mission is to protect Pennsylvania's air, land and water from pollution and to provide for the health and safety of its citizens through a cleaner environment." When you stop and think about it this is ridiculous. The joke is on us.

Sue Laidacker,


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