Tire burner opposition team not finished

MILTON – Even though a tire burner project has been canceled at National Gypsum in White Deer Township, Union County, the “Stop the Tire Burner” team says they are still working to help keep communities safe.

The Rev Dr. Leah Shade reflected on the surprising turn of events, “We were preparing for a long drawn-out fight. We were actually quite surprised how quickly this ended. In January, we were supposed to have a meeting with the judge before the Environmental Hearing Board for the appeals that those of us on the team had submitted against DEP’s Air Quality Permit. We got a call from the lawyer saying that National Gypsum had pulled their support from the project and the meeting was not happening because En-Tire was not able to secure the site any longer. All of the sudden, it was over.”

But, Shade says they still have work to do to prevent this from happening in other communities,  “The regulations themselves are very much influenced by the corporations and by lobbyists for the businesses. We realized that communities need to be able to be empowered to say whether or not they want to have a public health threatening business in their community. As it stood, the White Deer Township Supervisors had very little recourse to action with the zoning ordinances. There was no option for the community to take a vote on whether they wanted this.”

They will be hosting a Pennsylvania Community Rights Workshop on February 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. and February 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop will be held at Susquehanna University in Room 319 at Apfelbaum Hall. For more information you can call 570-713-8843. To hear more from Shade, listen to Friday’s On The Mark program online at www.wkok.com. (Ali Stevens)

tire_burner_team_signing_petitions