The owners that
want to turn the south Columbus factory into a tire-melting
plant, heard much criticism from nearby residents Thursday
The plant on Frank Rd. was once a trash burning
operation. It opened in 1983, burning trash to generate
electricity. But it was identified as the nation's largest
producer of dioxin, an agent that could cause cancer.
Complaints helped close the plant in 1994 and the debt
it created for the city won't be paid off until the year 2017.
Now, a California company wants to operate there to
On Thursday night residents who live
near the controversial plant talked directly to the people who
want to move in. They want assurances that the plant won't
hurt their health.
"There's not going to be any odors,
and the emissions there will be a small amount of emissions.
Bottom line everything that goes up in the air you lose
money," said Jeff Troth the owner and the President of
Universal Purifying Technology.
If the EPA gives the
California company the required permits, the owner says he
would melt 10-thousand tires a day, and produce enough
emissions equal to 5 cars running a year.
Purifying Technology says it will invest about 11 million
dollars into the plant, including adding pollution controls to
make residents happy.
But people are not happy, they
haven't forgotten the last business that was here and the
health issues they continue to live with today.
owner hopes he'll get final approval from the EPA to melt
tires before Christmas.
Initially, the company plans
to hire about 20 people.