Town Hall to address public safety risks posed by Southside tire facility
Posted On: Aug 15, 2016
A tire disposal facility on San Antonio’s Southside has been closed for years, but millions of tires remain on the site, posing a serious public safety and health risk each day. A town hall meeting Monday aims to address those dangers and pose strategies for getting the site cleared.
The Safe Tire Disposal Corporation at 11150 Applewhite Road once held about 4 million illegally discarded tires. Although the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality cleared out about half of the tires, work has been halted since 2012, according to State Representative John Lujan.
Discarded tires pose a major safety risk to neighboring homes and businesses because if they were to ignite, they could release toxic chemicals. For firefighters, it not only poses a personal health risk, but the fires are difficult to put out.
Lujan, a retired San Antonio firefighter, wrote to the TCEQ in July urging its members to take action.
“I still remember extinguishing a brush fire at this site years ago when I was a San Antonio firefighter,” Lujan wrote. “It does not surprise me at all to learn that the Fire Marshal estimates a fire could burn up to nine months at this site.”
In addition to the threat of fire, standing water at the site creates an opportune breeding ground for mosquitoes coupled with the growing concern over the Zika virus.
On Monday, Aug. 15, the community is invited to attend a town hall looking at the threat the Applewhite site poses as it sits dormant. The town hall will be at 7 p.m. at Palo Alto College at 1400 W. Villaret Boulevard in Legacy Room 101, which is located inside Ozuna Library. Guests are asked to park in Lot 11.