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Emergency Ordinance Passes with Unanimous Vote by Youngstown (Ohio) City Council Dec. 20 2023, placing moratorium on pyrolysis

Updated: Apr 2

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Happy Kwanzaa!

Emergency ordinance passes with unanimous vote by Youngstown City Council Dec. 20 2023, prohibiting pyrolysis -  SEVEN YES VOTES! for establishing a year long (completely extendable) moratorium on any type of pyrolysis in Youngstown, Ohio! 

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Happy Kwanzaa!  Emergency ordinance passes with unanimous vote by Youngstown City Council Dec. 20 2023, prohibiting pyrolysis -  SEVEN YES for establishing a year long (completely extendable) moratorium on any type of pyrolysis in Youngstown, Ohio! 
Emergency ordinance passes with unanimous vote by Youngstown (Ohio) City Council Dec. 20 2023, placing moratorium on pyrolysis

Thanks to all who attended the City Council meeting in support.

Thank you Leigh Greene for speaking and urging the YES vote,

Thank you, Addison, our attorney for speaking and letting them know all the legal ramifications  and urging a YES vote! Shortened description of ordinance:

ORD-23-470 IMPOSING A MORATORIUM FOR A PERIOD OF 12-MONTHS ON

PYROLYSIS OR GASIFICATION OR COMBUSTION OF TIRES, CHIPPED TIRES,

PLASTICS AND ELECTRONIC WASTE IN THE CITY OF YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO; AND

PROVIDING THAT THIS ORDINANCE SHALL BE AN EMERGENCY MEASURE IF IT

RECEIVES THE AFFIRMATIVE VOTE OF SIX MEMBERS OF COUNCIL; OTHERWISE, IT

SHALL TAKE EFFECT AND BE IN FORCE FROM AND AFTER THE EARLIEST PERIOD

ALLOWED BY LAW. WAS READ THE FIRST TIME AND UPON MOTION OF MR. RAY

THE RULES OF COUNCIL WERE SUSPENDED BY A VOTE OF YEAS, 7. NAYS, NONE.

REMARKS:

Councilwoman Turner asked if they have determined a soft dollar amount into the cost of the investigation and when can people see the commitment being made.

Councilwoman Davis responded that the investigation is about council doing its due diligence and will share with residents its conclusion. They will not be utilizing an outside entity to conduct the investigation on council's behalf, it will be in-house.

Councilman Ray stated this is a good message on the sentiment that it doesn't comply with zoning and is a social and environmental justice issue. As a charter city we get to decide what goes on in the city within what the laws allow.

Councilman Oliver noted he would not be opposed to seeking outside expertise should council were to run into an issue with the internal investigation.

THE ORDINANCE WAS THEN PLACED BEFORE COUNCIL AND PASSED BY A VOTE OF YEAS, 7. NAYS, NONE.

We encourage everyone to join us in not only the jubilation but the next year of establishing once and for all that pyrolysis and related processes* are not a good idea - lotta work ahead! We invite you to please join us - sign up for our newsletter, discussion and updates here: https://groups.google.com/u/3/g/concerncitizens/about - ask to join with that button or click the phrase "Contact owners and managers of Concerned Citizens Mahoning Valley" & ask us.

Or send us an email: sustainableyoungstown@gmail.com 330-333-8410


* Pyrolysis & related processes have many names: thermochemical processes, thermal cracking, advanced recycling, non-mechanical recycling technology, purification, feedstock (thermal conversion) recycling, hydrothermal treatment (including carbonisation, liquefaction, and supercritical water gasification), gasification (including direct, indirect, and plasma), plastics renewal, molecular recycling, depolymerization, slow pyrolysis, torrefaction, fast pyrolysis, flash pyrolysis, microwave-assisted, and ultrafast–all classified as incineration, liquefaction, solvolysis, methanolysis, glycolysis. "Chemical recycling, also described by the plastics industry as advanced or molecular recycling, is a broad term for numerous processing technologies that break down recovered plastics to the molecular level to become 'building blocks' for new plastics or other products. Common techniques include pyrolysis, gasification and depolymerization." - Waste Dive, April 1, 2024 By Megan Quinn, https://www.wastedive.com/news/chemical-recycling-collection-plastic-rumpke-eastman-cyclyx/711551/


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