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OH EPA Holds Public hearing on Draft permit of sobe plan

Updated: Aug 29, 2023

An Ohio EPA public meeting was held Thurs., August 10, 6:00 pm

Eugenia Atkinson Recreation Center in Youngstown, OH

regarding the DRAFT PERMIT proposing to allow SOBE to pyrolize tires right in the heart of our revitalized downtown Youngstown!

We had a packed house at the hearing with area citizens voicing their concerns to the OHIO EPA - telling them we oppose granting the permit! and expressing overwhelming condemnation of this toxic proposed SOBE plant. The attendance and participation and comments were great!

Now, we have an extended comment period, until Sept. 10.

Thank you to everyone, especially those who asked question and gave comments. We are United to Stop SOBE!

The hearing portion of the OEPA meeting can be read as a transcript here (NOTE: sadly this transcript does NOT include Mr. Bewley's explanation of the facility NOR the public Q&A):

In Re: Draft Air Permit to Install and Operate SOBE Thermal Energy Systems, LLC

In attendance: Lisa Cochran, Ohio EPA Public Information Officer

Erik Bewley, Ohio EPA NEDO-DAPC

Robert Hodanbosi, Ohio EPA

Tim Fisher, Ohio EPA

The purpose of the hearing is to obtain comments from any interested persons regarding the draft permit to install and operate a pyrolysis unit at SOBE.

The draft permit, if approved, would allow SOBE to install and operate a pyrolysis unit that will extract syngas from tire derived chips (TDC).

Coverage from the Tribune/Vindicator - support local media - buy a copy on the newstand once in a while!

LISTEN/watch some of the public questions, answers and hearing comments here on our youtube channel: Aug 10, 2023 OEPA Hearing

Make sure to tell all of your family, friends and neighbors to submit their concerns via email or mail (postmarked by Sept 10, 2023!)(addresses below)

Email or Mail Comments & Questions to Ohio EPA: [Erik Bewley]

Write the Ohio EPA: "Do NOT issue permit to SOBE!"

Andrew Hall

Permit Review/Development Section


50 West Town Street Suite 700

PO Box 1049

Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049


Ohio EPA DAPC, Northeast District Office

2110 East Aurora Rd.

Twinsburg, OH 44087

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