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Tire dump getting Ohio's attention
When the wind blew down a fence, it exposed thousands of dumped tires
Story by VALERIE BROWN AND ALISON RITCHIE


 

The Ohio EPA is working to clean up 45,000 tires from a defunct scrap yard in Ashtabula County. 

The owner of the closed salvage yard, John Colucci died in 2007 after cleaning up half of the 90,000 tires and other auto scrap he had accumulated. The mess was hidden by a fence, but it was blown down in early spring and township officials took notice.

 EPA spokesman Mike Settles says the tires present a public health and safety concern for local residents.

 

Settles on dangers of tire dumps

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The Ohio Department of Natural Resources awarded Ashtabula an 80-thousand dollar grant for the cleanup. Colucci’s widow must grant approval before the year-long cleanup can begin. Settles hopes to have the approval to start work in July.

 
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