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Petition to Billy Boniface, Barry Glassman, Harford County Government

Stop Auston Transfer & Processing LLC Tire Pyrolysis Plant in Joppatowne/Edgewood

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.  Environmental ConcernsThere 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.  Zoning Concerns 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. Population FactsApproximately 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 radiusImmediate Affected towns: Joppatowne, Edgewood, Abingdon and KingsvilleSecondary 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

Stop Tire Pyrolysis Plant (STPP)
163 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Require all MLTS/PBX Phones Dial 911 Easily: Help Enact Kari's Law

On December 1, 2013 Kari Rene Hunt was murdered by her estranged husband whom she was intending to divorce. She agreed to meet him at a local motel to leave their children with him for a short visitation while he was in town. Her estranged husband ambushed her in the motel room and cornered her in the restroom. During the struggle and resulting death of Kari, her oldest daughter, age 9, (name with held for privacy) attempted to dial 911 from the motel room phone. She followed instructions as taught by her mother on the way to call for help but she was never instructed that in some hotels and motels you must first dial a "9" and then 911. We are attempting to ensure that any person needing police, EMS or the Fire Department at any hotel or motel location or from any MLTS/PBX system be able to dial the numbers 911 and receive emergency response. In a panic, any under age child, or for that matter anyone in an emergency situation should be able to depend on dialing 911 from any phone in the United States and receiving assistance. We pray the lawmakers in our Congress and Senate hear the cries of Kari and her children and enact a law requiring all hotel and motel chains, including all "Mom & Pop" locations have all phone systems updated to E911 systems. These systems allow the 911 call to automatically connect to a 911 operator without having to dial a "9" in order to get an outside line. Total E911 fees/funds collected from the use of telephones in the United States was $2,322,983,616.36 in 2012. Total amount spent for E911 or 911 enhancements in the United States was $97,367,543.46 leaving $2,225,616,072.90 un spent. Where is this money? Some states such as Illinois, has diverted monies from the collection of E911 fees to it's general fund therefore being spent on who knows what. The money is there, it's being collected by who? THE GOVERNMENT! It's being spent on very little E911 functionality or just sitting there. Why?  WE ask that Wyndham Hotels, which is the parent company of Baymont Inns and Suites where this incident occured, lead the way in the industry by updating the antiquated phone systems still used in some of their hotels. Sadly though, 2 year 11 months later we have heard nothing from the Wyndham Corporation, however, the Marriott International Corporation has mandated to all franchise hotels under the Marriott brand to update their systems to be direct dial 911. Can you you guess what hotel we will be using from now on will be? That's right , MARRIOTT! Seconds count and when a 9 year old little girl is mature enough and brave enough to attempt to dial for help, she should be answered. When that child dialed 911 she should have heard, "911, what is your emergency?" Instead she heard static. We understand the cost implications (which in most cases is very minimal or free) and know that E911 has been a requirement for a few years, but only a handful of states require it. Why? Money is collected from every citizen that uses a phone but it's the citizen that is NOT benefiting from the collection of these funds. We ask the United States Congress to make it a requirement for all hotel and motels operating the United States and offer conversion assistance where needed. We also ask that such law(s) prohibit excessive charges for doing this update, in most cases it is simply a series of buttons from a keyboard that will solve the problem. Please help make this "Kari's Law".

Hank Hunt
610,251 supporters