Tyre burning

The hydrocarbons produced by burning the rubber tyres are very bad for human health as well as to the environment.

But even knowledgeable people resort to this during protest campaigns whatever they be for/against. … Only because it produces black plumes of smoke.

Today I asked a guy who was rolling a giant tyre towards the transection at the Uni if he knew about the harm that would be inflicted by the obnoxious gases////////// WIht a grin in his face, “Cha chha……Tara k garnu….”

(Yes yes,…. but what to do?)


6 comments on “Tyre burning

  1. Keshuvko Ji,

    Good point. Actually, the tyre burning produces very hazardous chemicals like dioxin and furan which are carcinogen. Small amount of these chemicals in air is heath damaging.

    I agree with you. Knowledgeable people too do not care about it. I recall one article by Gagan Thapa a year back. I have a due respect and faith to Gagan Thapa, but he was saying; environmentalists should not take the smoke as pollution. He used the word something like “टायरको धुँवामा प्रदुषण देख्नेहरुले यस्को धुँवा नारायणहिटी सम्म पुगेको ख्याल गर्नु पर्छ” He was encouraging more tyre burning at TC college. But the problem is, after phasing out of king rule, we are still resorting the tyre burning process. कहिले बुझ्ने होलान सबैले?

  2. Gagan Thapa majored in Geology in BSc. He studied Chemistry too. What he said that time was rather from environment point of view politically motivated. Though protest against the monarch that time was a must, his saying was but a propandist.

    And this sort of things are an example of how negligent we are, how sophist our leaders are. Saying one thing and doing something opposite. Double standard, most of us have.

    I remember the hue and cry by media and enviroment campaigners when the brick kilns in Bhaktapur stealthily used tyres as fuel some years back. Locals took to street and asked the authorities concerned to take action. The administration took action against them for the perpetration against “human health and environment”: some were fined and some were shut down.

    And now students and political workers burn tyre. Not for business unlike the kilns. Administration prefers keeping mum because the street protests are politically driven. We can understand the problem of the “inefficient” bureacracy.

    However, where are those dollar-oriented NGOs and INGOs working in the fielf of public health and enviroment? Where is civic society? Is politics only the interest of the civic society?

    Dr. Sundar Mani Dixit, you would better explain the harm of poisonous hydrocarbons like furan and dioxin as Unfolidingreverie has mentioned to the public.

    Where are those volunteer-lawyers who go to the supreme court in political issues–may be only to become popular in no time?

    Since the tyres contain trace amount of lead, lead oxide too is produced when tyres are burn
    t. PbO being carcinogenic is very dangerous to human health.

    In the West, the GREEN with environmental issues has established itself as a strong political force. When shall we try to understand what Green-ism is?

    By the way, where are the human rights activists who protest against the police administration for firing tear gas shells?

    Only for the political rhetorics and ulterior motives of some people, we should not detiorate the environment.

  3. Protest garne pani euta system ra place nabanai hudaina. Ra arko kura hamro netaharu ko kan ra aankha pani safa garnu parla. Jo aaye pani generally protest gareko ta dekhda pani dekhdainan ani sunda pani sundainan. Ali thulo kehi ghatna naghati iiniharu ko ghaito ma gham nai lagdaina. Hijo girija, makune haru le raja le sunena bhanthe aaja aru ko kura iiniharu le suneka chhainan. Iiniharu pani tyahi gyane jastai bhaisake chhota gyane. Anyway, the tyre burning should be strictly prohibited and other harmless and peaceful ways are keep opened. Sabai ko kura sunine system banaunuparchha.

  4. Hey Keshuv,
    An interesting piece to this puzzle:

    15 Reasons NOT to Burn Tires:

    1 The International Paper Plant at Ticonderoga lacks the basic pollution control device, an electrostatic precipitator, needed to minimize the risk from pollutants released from burning tires. Saving money on fuel by burning tires should not take precedence over public health. Industries have the responsibility to be good corporate neighbors.

    2 Burning tires releases a toxic soup of pollutants. Children are especially at risk. Hundreds of different toxic pollutants are created by burning tires as well as a tremendous number of small particles that settle deep in the lungs.

    3 Breast milk contaminated by the organic pollutants on the particles released from burning tires will be transferred from a nursing mother to her baby.

    4 Children, fetuses, nursing babies, elderly, asthmatics, immune suppressed individuals are all much more vulnerable to the pollutants released burning tires. Small particulates released by burning tires worsen asthma and may contribute to heart disease.

    5 Shouldn’t we intervene to protect children before the toxic damage done? Time after time we have learned too late.

    6 Fine particles have been found to cause excess mortality and hospitalizations for heart disease and cancer by the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Environmental Health.

    7 International Paper Ticonderoga’s plant has out-dated pollution control equipment that will not capture the fine particles emitted from burning tires. IP’s own application for a permit to burn tires estimates only 76% of the particles will be captured.

    8 IP’s type of wet scrubber has been found to be inadequate by the EPA for capturing the emissions released from burning tires. The EPA recommends that an electrostatic precipitator be used instead.

    9 International Paper Company has a poor record of disclosing information and compliance with environmental regulations, including dumping toxic sludge and dioxins into Lake Champlain. Find out more about the IP Environmental Record.

    10 International Paper Company’s application to the NYDEC for a permit to conduct a test burn of tires at the Ticonderoga plant states that burning tires will increase emissions of toxic metals from the plant including: chromium, arsenic, zinc, barium, cobalt, copper, iron, aluminum, manganese and vanadium.

    11 Current air pollution exposure standards are based on healthy adults and do not take infants, nursing mothers, and the elderly into consideration.

    12 Not all pollutants released during the tire burn will be monitored. The EPA monitors only a few criteria air pollutants which may not be representative of all pollutants released. Many unknown pollutants with unknown health effects will be released from burning tires.

    13 Tires are not designed to be burned as a fuel and contain hazardous ingredients (the rubber in tires contains 25% extender oils derived from benzene, 25% styrene, a derivative of benzene, and 25% 1,3 butadiene. – both benzene and 1,3 butadiene are suspected human carcinogens). Tire-derived fuel (TDF) also contains remnants of wire that is difficult to totally remove when tires are processed for fuel.

    14 Fine particulates are significantly more hazardous to human health than larger particulates. Toxins collected on the surface of fine particulates are aspirated by humans and lead to lung disease. The pollution control device on the IP power boiler is insufficient to remove fine particulate matter and heavy metals from flue gases.

    15 If tires are burned, the IP plant will release high levels of small particles containing zinc oxide. Inhaling small particles containing zinc produces inflammation in the lungs. Lung damage has been documented in animal studies at levels lower than OSHA and EPA standards. Asthmatics would be at particular risk from zinc exposure. There is also evidence of fetal damage from zinc exposure

    See more @ http://www.lesspollution.org/learn.html

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