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Friday, April 25, 2014

DEP Revokes Waste Permit for Tire Recycling Operation in Franklin County

DEP Revokes Waste Permit for Tire Recycling Operation in Franklin County

Harrisburg – The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that it has revoked Chambersburg Tire Recycling’s Waste Management Permit due to unresolved compliance issues and waste management violations at its Hamilton Township, Franklin County waste tire processing facility.

“Despite DEP’s various attempts to bring Chambersburg Tire Recycling into compliance and correct the environmental issues at the property, the company failed to comply with the department’s regulations and orders,” DEP South-central Regional Director Lynn Langer said. “A permit revocation is the last resort, but it was necessary to bring a stop to the violations occurring.”

Chambersburg Tire Recycling, LLC. (CTR) was first developed in 2006 to cleanup an existing pile of 750,000 waste tires at the site and begin a tire processing business.

On Jan. 12, 2007, the owner of CTR entered into a Consent Order and Agreement (COA) with DEP to abide by its waste management permit limits for accepting tires; to process old and new tires in accordance with their processing plan; and to reuse or properly dispose of all processed material generated at the site. Between January 2007 and June 2010, CTR did not comply with the COA or its permit.

On June 14, 2010, CTR entered into a new COA with DEP in which CTR agreed to reduce the number of tires at the site; cease accepting tires during periods when the processing equipment was inoperable; and submit records to DEP detailing the number of tires imported and exported. CTR did not comply with the new COA.

On Dec. 5, 2013, DEP ordered CTR to properly dispose of all remaining waste tires and wastes within 30 days. CTR failed to comply with the order.

Based on the department’s most recent estimate, CTR has 780 tons of waste materials onsite which includes waste tires, waste tire beads, waste tire wire and treads.

Prior to the decision to revoke the permit, DEP held weekly meetings with CTR to encourage proper removal and management of tires and wastes. Once the permit is revoked, CTR can no longer accept or process waste.

The department is currently evaluating remediation options for the site including potentially responsible parties and funding.


Anonymous said...

Great. Even more, old tires laying along side, the roads and over banks. I'd like to see a list posted of recycling drop off spots. We recycle all cardboard, newspapers,cans and glass. Where do we take our old tires?

Anonymous said...

I'm sure you can take them to Gold for twice as much as every other county around us charges