Community Member

SOBE Concerned Citizens

Youngstown, Ohio

Since January 2022, SOBE Concerned Citizens has taken on the mission of educating the public and government officials on the dangers of an “advanced recycling” plant proposed by SOBE Energy Solutions in Youngstown, OH. Billing itself as a “chemical recycling” business, the plant aims to superheat chopped-up tires, recycled plastics and computer waste to produce new plastic and carbon black to sell, while providing steam heat from this process, as well as some electricity and mining of cryptocurrencies. SOBE Concerned Citizens argues that the plant is disingenuously describing itself as a “green energy” provider, that will instead release harmful toxins, such as dioxins and furans, into the air. Youngstown is an EPA Environmental Justice Community of Concern – predominantly inhabited by persons of color or a substantial number of whom live below the poverty line and are subjected to a disproportionate burden and reduced quality of life due to environmental hazards.

SOBE Concerned Citizens billboard protesting the SOBE Energy Solutions plant in downtown Youngstown

Through education, organization and advocacy, Lynn Anderson, a group organizer for SOBE Concerned Citizens, works with others to unite residents in opposition to SOBE Energy Solutions’ plans to operate a recycling business that could be environmentally harmful to the community. The group has attended public meetings, hosted Town Halls, provided research and educational materials, created a petition, distributed yard signs and posted a billboard to draw attention to the issue and demand that the plant not be allowed to open. Their actions have met with some success: In a letter to the Ohio EPA, the federal EPA wrote that it “has determined that the draft permitting action raises potential environmental justice concerns” and recommends the Ohio EPA consider modifications before issuing a final permit to SOBE. Pointing out Youngstown’s demographics, the EPA states that the permitting action “may raise civil rights concerns” based on “environmental conditions already facing this community.” 

Existing, proposed and under construction pyrolysis-related projects in Ohio (as of 11-2023)

For donations: ℅ TreezPlease, 1330 Wick Ave., Youngstown, OH 44505

For more information:

US EPA raises environmental justice concerns about permit for ‘chips to energy’ plant in Youngstown – WFMJ, October 2023

Youngstown’s first climate change meeting discusses clean energy, green streets – WKBN-27, March 2023

Stop Thermal Energy – Youngstown Ohio w/ Lynn Anderson and Silverio Caggiano – Grassroots Ohio (podcast), February 2023

New billboard protests SOBE Thermal Energy plant in Youngstown – WFMJ 21, January 2023

Dorothy Terry

Dorothy Terry

Dorothy Terry is a journalist by profession, having worked as a daily newspaper reporter on both coasts and a contributing writer for several national magazines. She is a former Congressional press secretary and has worked as a communications manager and consultant for corporations and nonprofits.


Lynn Anderson


Social Media

Climate Impacts

Air Pollution

Environmental Justice Concerns

Fracking/Oil and Gas Development/Pipelines, Hazardous/Toxic Sites, Incinerator/Dumping/Landfill, PFAS/PFOS


Art Activism, Community Farm/Gardens, Community Organizing and Education, Legal/permit challenges to development, contamination, pollution, etc, Political activism, including protests, petitions, and lobbying

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