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Ohio EPA Orders Cleanup of Illegal Scrap Tire Dump in Logan County
Ohio EPA has ordered the operator of an illegal scrap tire dump near Huntsville in Logan County to remove and properly dispose of more than 100,000 scrap tires from three acres of land at 4971 County Road 130.
Rodney L. Burnside II, doing business as Freedom Recycling & Recovery, has been given 120 days to complete the cleanup.
Ohio EPA’s action follows attempts by the Logan County Health District to get the property cleaned up in 2014. At its board meeting on April 1, 2015, the health district voted to ask Ohio EPA for assistance in addressing the scrap tires located on the property.
The orders require Mr. Burnside to remove at least 20,000 tires every 30 days until all of the tires are removed. In the interim, he is required to treat the tires to control mosquitoes and establish proper storage pile sizes and fire lanes.
The property, owned by Randall Middaugh, is not validly registered, permitted or licensed as a scrap tire collection, storage or recovery facility or landfill. Numerous violations were identified by the health department during an Aug. 11, 2014, inspection and a follow-up joint inspection by the health department and Ohio EPA on Sept. 4, 2014.
If recipients of scrap tire abatement orders fail to comply with the orders, Ohio EPA can hire a contractor to remove and dispose of the tires. If the state steps in to remove the scrap tires, funding for the cleanup would come from Ohio’s scrap tire fund. The fund is financed through a $1 fee on new tire purchases in Ohio. The state would then place a lien on the property and seek reimbursement from the person(s) liable for the illegal scrap tires.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.