Friday, 17 September 2010 00:00
I’m sure most of you are not aware of this, but at last Tuesday’s Glen Cove Planning Board meeting there was an application for a Tire Retread Factory to operate on Garvies Point Road, which is our waterfront area. This area was rezoned for marine related businesses only. New Era Tire is looking to change this. The retreading industry creates a great deal of dust, noise, and noxious odors. This is the type of industry we have fought to remove from our waterfront for many years. There are many carcinogens found in the vulcanizing fluid (glue) and rubber dust that this type of business produces. Also, if the tire casings (old tires) are stored outside, pools of water will form in each tire making a breeding ground for West Nile Virus. If the tires are stored inside, the potential for a serious tire fire is significant. Tire fires are very hard to extinguish - the last one on Long Island took a week to put out! I am also concerned about the watershed from old tires entering Hempstead Harbor. To sum it up, to retread a tire, the old tire must be ground down (dust) and new rubber must be cured on top of the old tire using a vulcanizing fluid (glue) at temperatures of 265 degrees. The venting and noise from this operation will be heard and smelled in the Landing, our ball fields, Sea Cliff, our marinas, and our beaches. Who knows what long term effects it will have on our residents and the animals in Garvies Point Preserve, which sits directly behind this factory.
The Planning Board was insightful enough to open this agenda for public hearing on Sept. 21 at Glen Cove City Hall at 8 p.m. We urge all to show up and voice your opinion! Let’s not make the same mistake again and bring a dirty industry to our beautiful waterfront! Please attend!
Jim Coniglione, Former Owner of TireWorks in Glen Cove