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Hearing Examiner takes second look at proposed tire recycling plant

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Moxee, WA -  The hearing examiner takes a second look at a proposed tire recycling plant in Moxee.     

Back in October, the hearing examiner, Phil Lamb, recommended that the Moxee City Council approve the tire recycling plant proposed by the Organic Energy Conversion Company, but the city council sent the recommendation back to him after they discussed it in November.     

Council members want more information regarding odor, emissions and noise at the proposed plant site on Postma Road.       

"I think there's a great deal of stereotypes, misconceptions about what this project is like and what it involves," says James Carmody, a lawyer representing OECC, "I think there's misunderstandings into the process in terms of air, emissions, noise...   Each of those items."

OECC will be turning recycled tires into biodiesel fuel at the proposed site.     

Quite a few people showed up at this afternoon's hearing.

Most residents told us they were just trying to get informed about the issue.

But some really questioned whether the plant would be as clean as the company.   

"I'm concerned about air pollution," says Jim Stilwater, a Terrace Heights resident, "I'm concerned about ground water pollution.   I'm concerned that this plant is not going to work as they say it is and this is going to be a short term process."

Now the hearing examiner was just listening to arguments from both lawyers representing the energy company and concerned residents today.

His decision will come at a later date, and definitely before January 10th because that's when the Moxee City Council will meet to discuss his latest decision.