Firm to clean up tire fire damage
DUBLIN, Ohio-The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has awarded August Mack Environmental Inc. an $837,000 contract to provide environmental consulting at the Kirby Tire Recycling facility in Sycamore, Ohio.
The Kirby facility was set ablaze by arsonists four years ago, creating an 18-acre fire that burned more than 7 million tires and generated millions of gallons of oil.
To extinguish the blaze, soil was dumped on the site, and the EPA is enlisting August Mack's expertise to aid in groundwater treatment and soil remediation after oil trapped inside the buried tires contaminated surrounding groundwater and soil.
The project scope includes storm water management, remediation of oily waters and removal and remediation of contaminated soils. August Mack will treat about 2 million gallons of water per year and excavate 750 tons of impacted soil in its efforts to clean up and maintain the Kirby facility.
Fla. assn. opposes state budget cuts
BOCA RATON, Fla.-The Florida Automotive Trades Association (FATA) said it has ``extreme concern'' with the Florida legislature's efforts to cut the Solid Waste Management Trust Fund (SWMTF) budget.
Tire fees collected by tire dealers are put into the SWMTF to pay for the state's tire disposal, recycling and education programs, according to FATA Executive Director Jill Mondo. Dealers collect approximately $23 million in fees, FATA said, and the state's budget this year cuts the Solid Waste Management Grants section of the SWMTF to nothing for this year from $8.5 million in 2002 .
``Not only are tire dealers collecting money for purposes which have nothing to do with tires, but their customers are being told the fees are for tire programs and that is untrue,'' Ms. Mondo said.
``These grants are crucial to the tire industry,'' she added. ``Without funding, our industry will see job loss within the private and public sectors, loss of business infrastructure, recycling program cuts at the local level, tire piles reappearing, no monitoring of illegal dumping and tipping fees may increase to offset costs.''