Stop Auston Transfer & Processing LLC Tire Pyrolysis Plant in Joppatowne/Edgewood
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On January 18, 2017 Auston Tire Transfer LLC was granted a waiver by Harford County to build this pyrolysis operation on its property located at 1202 Pauls Lane, Joppa, Maryland.
The grass-root organization Stop Tire Pyrolysis Plant (STPP) opposes the proposal to build a Tire Pyrolysis Plant at the intersection of Routes 7 & 152 which border Joppatowne and Edgewood residential communities located in Harford County, Maryland.
We believe this venture to melt toxic tires is detrimental to the health of anyone living, working or attending school within a several mile radius of the facility. We believe the foul smell put out by this facility will make our community less attractive and less habitable. We believe this facility does not belong in a populated area. We believe the environmental injustice this facility represents to those in the affected area is negatively compounded because these communities are located near Aberdeen Proving Ground and Edgewood Proving Ground, which already emits harmful contaminates into the environment from testing chemical based munitions.
There is grave concern that harmful pollutants will be emitted into the air, land, and water which may negatively influence human health and the environment. The potential of decreased air quality is high. Hydrocarbon gases emit foul odors that smell like rotten eggs and is very poisonous, corrosive, and flammable. Do you want this in your community? We do not! Our concerns are listed below:
Ambient Air Quality - the standards that are concerned with concentration levels of pollutants in the air for the protection of human and wildlife health, buildings, crops, vegetation, and ecosystems. There is concern that the air quality will be negatively affected and will be harmful to human and wildlife in the affected area.
Water Quality - the standards that are concerned with the concentration levels of pollutants to the chemical, biological, and radiological characteristics to water for the protection of human and wildlife health.There is concern that the water quality will be negatively affected and will be harmful to human and wildlife in the affected area.
Heavy Metals - natural components in the environment that cannot be degraded or destroyed and can enter the human body via food, drinking, water, and air. There is concern that there will be an increase in the amount of heavy metals in our environment and will be harmful to human and wildlife in the affected area.
Increased Emissions - the term used to describe gases and particles which are emitted into the air. There is concern that these increased emissions will be harmful to human and wildlife in the affected area.
The pyrolysis plant processes do not fit within legal zones as identified by the Harford County Zoning Code. Harford County issued a waiver to build this pyrolysis operation in a residential area.
The approved waiver states “The addition of a tire pyrolysis operation was permitted on the property in the Commercial Industrial (CI) District.”
This is in violation of the Harford County Code in Section 267-60 which states that operations of “moderate scale intensity” should be used in a CI district.
This process involves extraction and storage of crude oil, release of volatile organic compounds, and emission of hydrocarbon gas waste and has a high risk of failure.
The processing, recovery, and/or refining of oil is not permitted in a CI district, but are key functions of this proposed pyrolysis function.
This process has yet to be initiated or tested in the United States. We believe it would be a mistake to allow an experimental operation to be erected at the expense of these residents.
Approximately 73,000 people live in a 6 mile radius from the proposed operation.
With potential trade winds, this would extend the radius to 50 miles, and increase the amount of affected people tremendously.
16 Schools and countless Day Cares are in the 6 mile radius
Immediate Affected towns: Joppatowne, Edgewood, Abingdon and Kingsville
Secondary Affected Towns: Bel Air, Fallston, White Marsh, Essex, Aberdeen, Belcamp, and Havre De Grace. Really, all areas of Harford County should be concerned.
WE DEMAND BILLY BONIFACE (DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION FOR HARFORD COUNTY GOVERNMENT) AND BARRY GLASSMAN (COUNTY EXECUTIVE) TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT THE HEALTH, WEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF OUR COMMUNITY and move this plant to GI district where it belongs
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