OUE: Tire burner threatens safety
ALLENWOOD — Members of Organizations United for the Environment say a proposed tire burning plant in White Deer Township brings too many risks.
Ruth Drozin said she has always enjoyed living in the area because the air has been so fresh, but the tire burner my change that. “I’ve been an asthmatic for a long time, and I know that the burner is going to put stuff in the air,” she said. ”I don’t know what it is going to put in the air… but I know it is not going to be nice clean air any longer.”
Reverend Leah Schade of the United in Christ Lutheran Church of Lewisburg, said she fears for the safety of surrounding buildings, which include an elementary school and a nursing home.
“We are very concerned about the risk of a massive fire,” Schade said. “Whenever you have large quantities of tires, whether they are shredded or whole, there is the potential for tire fires. The incredible plumes of black smoke… It takes a very long time to try to put the fires out because they are oil based. It’s just an incredible threat.”
Schade, Drozin and other members of Organizations United for the Environment were guests on WKOK’s On The Mark program Tuesday. They encourage everyone to email comments to DEP at email@example.com. (Codi Jade)