Concerned about the Health Risks of IP Burning Tires?
15 Reasons NOT to Burn Tires:
1 The International Paper Plant at Ticonderoga lacks the basic pollution control device, an electrostatic precipitator, needed to minimize the risk from pollutants released from burning tires. Saving money on fuel by burning tires should not take precedence over public health. Industries have the responsibility to be good corporate neighbors.
2 Burning tires releases a toxic soup of pollutants. Children are especially at risk. Hundreds of different toxic pollutants are created by burning tires as well as a tremendous number of small particles that settle deep in the lungs.
3 Breast milk contaminated by the organic pollutants on the particles released from burning tires will be transferred from a nursing mother to her baby.
4 Children, fetuses, nursing babies, elderly, asthmatics, immune suppressed individuals are all much more vulnerable to the pollutants released burning tires. Small particulates released by burning tires worsen asthma and may contribute to heart disease.
5 Shouldn’t we intervene to protect children before the toxic damage done? Time after time we have learned too late.
6 Fine particles have been found to cause excess mortality and hospitalizations for heart disease and cancer by the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Environmental Health.
7 International Paper Ticonderoga’s plant has out-dated pollution control equipment that will not capture the fine particles emitted from burning tires. IP’s own application for a permit to burn tires estimates only 76% of the particles will be captured.
8 IP’s type of wet scrubber has been found to be inadequate by the EPA for capturing the emissions released from burning tires. The EPA recommends that an electrostatic precipitator be used instead.
9 International Paper Company has a poor record of disclosing information and compliance with environmental regulations, including dumping toxic sludge and dioxins into Lake Champlain. Find out more about the IP Environmental Record.
10 International Paper Company’s application to the NYDEC for a permit to conduct a test burn of tires at the Ticonderoga plant states that burning tires will increase emissions of toxic metals from the plant including: chromium, arsenic, zinc, barium, cobalt, copper, iron, aluminum, manganese and vanadium.
11 Current air pollution exposure standards are based on healthy adults and do not take infants, nursing mothers, and the elderly into consideration.
12 Not all pollutants released during the tire burn will be monitored. The EPA monitors only a few criteria air pollutants which may not be representative of all pollutants released. Many unknown pollutants with unknown health effects will be released from burning tires.
13 Tires are not designed to be burned as a fuel and contain hazardous ingredients (the rubber in tires contains 25% extender oils derived from benzene, 25% styrene, a derivative of benzene, and 25% 1,3 butadiene. - both benzene and 1,3 butadiene are suspected human carcinogens). Tire-derived fuel (TDF) also contains remnants of wire that is difficult to totally remove when tires are processed for fuel.
14 Fine particulates are significantly more hazardous to human health than larger particulates. Toxins collected on the surface of fine particulates are aspirated by humans and lead to lung disease. The pollution control device on the IP power boiler is insufficient to remove fine particulate matter and heavy metals from flue gases.
15 If tires are burned, the IP plant will release high levels of small particles containing zinc oxide. Inhaling small particles containing zinc produces inflammation in the lungs. Lung damage has been documented in animal studies at levels lower than OSHA and EPA standards. Asthmatics would be at particular risk from zinc exposure. There is also evidence of fetal damage from zinc exposure
MORE INFORMATION: (Links below)
Is Burning Tires Safe? (176k pdf file)
IP Environmental Report Card (72k pdf file)
IP History of Law Suits and Permit Violations
Tire Burn Background
Tire Burn Could Cause Children Severe Harm by Dr. Jack Mayer
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