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Youngstown City Council Unanimously Votes Against an ‘Untested and Dangerous’ Tire Pyrolysis Plant

The Youngstown City Council has unanimously passed a nonbinding resolution opposing the construction of an "advanced recycling" plant by SOBE Thermal Energy Systems that planned to use pyrolysis, a process involving burning old tires to generate steam for heating and cooling downtown buildings. The decision reflects significant concerns surrounding the technology, which transforms shredded tires into a gas through a zero or very-low-oxygen chemical process for steam production. Advocates argue that pyrolysis, considered a form of "advanced" or "chemical" recycling, is environmentally sustainable; however, critics assert it resembles incineration and results in high-heat, energy-intensive manufacturing with a substantial carbon footprint, often producing new fossil fuels.

The resolution primarily objected to the proposed plant's location, situated near densely populated neighborhoods, a hospital, jail, schools, and churches, all of which would be vulnerable if issues arose during the pyrolysis process. The council cited safety risks to residents, workers, firefighters, and the community, drawing attention to previous dangerous fires at a Brightmark plastics pyrolysis facility in Indiana and concerns about emitted pollutants, including particulates and toxic chemicals. While the resolution focused on location concerns, it did not directly address the need for a zoning change to accommodate this industrial facility, leaving that matter open for potential future debate. Nonetheless, the strong council opposition signals that any proposed zoning change is likely to face significant challenges in gaining approval.




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  • rosebellendiritu

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    Thanks to them for they have shown love and care for the environment,any policy intended to bring harm to the planet should be highly discouraged.

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    • Tabitha Kimani

      39 w

      I highly commend the responsible Youngstown City Council for choosing to respect the right of the citizens to a clean environment.

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      • We Don't Have Time

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        • Kevin

          39 w

          This move raises so many climate concerns that should be addressed

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          • Gorffly mokua

            39 w

            Let them use other eco-friendly methods!

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            • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

              39 w

              The unanimous vote by Youngstown City Council against the tire pyrolysis plant reflects genuine concerns about safety and environmental impacts. The proximity to densely populated areas and the potential risks associated with the pyrolysis process were key reasons behind the decision. This highlights the need for careful consideration of industrial facilities' locations and their potential effects on communities. It's a reminder of the importance of sustainable and safe alternatives in addressing environmental challenges. 🌿🏭🚫 #EnvironmentalSafety #CommunityConcerns

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              • johnte ndeto

                39 w

                Burning old tyres will definitely pollute the environment and that a bad idea

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