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--- Issued July 7, 2008

The Housing Authority Board voted unanimously on June 23 to oppose the development of the proposed Tires-to-Energy plant on Erie's East Side, based, in a large part, on information contained in the Department of Environmental Protection application document released by the plant's developer,
Erie Renewable Energy, LLC.

The Authority acted on behalf of its residents and according to its mission statement -- to provide for its residents "safe, decent and affordable housing."

For our residents and for the general public, the entire application may be read by clicking HERE. Please give the document time to download, it may take several minutes on some computers. We urge our residents to read this document.

Based on information contained in the document, the Authority is filing formal complaints with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding what it sees as a clear case of environmental injustice because the plant’s location will disproportionately impact low-income Erie residents and people of color.

"If you read the application to DEP prepared by the developers the plant will be a Title V major polluter that will emit a staggering amount of pollutants, including heavy metals and carcinogens, which will fall on low-income neighborhoods,” said John E. Horan, executive director of the Authority. "This is a pure and simple question of environmental injustice.”

To read the Authority's news release on the issue, click HERE.