Waste tire recycler loses permit, fined
A Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, waste tire recycling
firm that was found to have violated its permit
after operating for only two months had its permit
revoked through an order from the Department of
Environmental Protection. The action also requires
the company to forfeit a $25,000 bond it held for
the New Castle facility.
Lion Enterprises 7/11 Inc. began processing waste
tires for beneficial use in the summer of 2007 after
DEP issued it a permit on February 9 of that year.
On August 27, DEP began documenting violations at
A notice of violation on September 6 cited Lion
Enterprises for failing to make a daily operation
record available that documented the number of waste
tires accepted and stored at the facility. The company
was also cited for storing more tires on-site than
its permit allowed.
Two follow-up inspections in October revealed that
the company had failed to reduce the number of tires
to comply with its permit.
The following month, DEP inspected Lion’s operation
following a complaint and found that approximately
130 tons of waste tires were being stored on adjacent
property that was not permitted for storage and
were not documented. Lion Enterprises also transported
waste tires for a number of months to an unpermitted
site in Hickory Township, Lawrence County, without
a waste tire hauler authorization.
DEP issued an order on December 4 that required
specific steps and deadlines for Lion to address
all of the prior violations that had not been cleared.
The company provided documentation to the department
on January 29, 2008, that showed the company had
met those requirements, but subsequent inspections
this year have found additional violations that
were similar to the original infractions in August
The company’s facility also was found to be closed
and without electrical service in April. DEP issued
another notice of violation to the company on May
Under the revocation order issued, Lion Enterprises
Immediately cease accepting waste tires;
Return its waste tire-processing permit within
seven days of receipt of the order;
Transfer within 30 days the remaining waste
tires and processed tires from the facility
to a facility authorized to accept this material
for disposal or beneficial reuse;
Provide to DEP, within 35 days, copies of receipts
showing the total number of waste tires and
processed waste tires removed to a facility
authorized to accept the waste tires, including
the transporters and facility’s address.