SYCAMORE, Ohio (June 16) — Work began this week in the final phase of cleaning up the massive Kirby´s Tire Recycling Inc. tire pile near Sycamore, according to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
The agency granted Environmental Quality Management Inc. of Cincinnati a $3.26 million contract to remove the 5-7 million remaining tires — many of them burned beyond recognition — and the contaminated soil around them for landfilling, an Ohio EPA spokeswoman said. The cleanup is expected to take at least until the end of the year.
The agency had just begun cleanup of the Kirby site when, in August 1999, four men set the pile on fire. The men were later caught, convicted, and sentenced to jail terms and multi-million-dollar fines.
In October 2005, the three surviving owners of the property were assessed a $20 million civil penalty and as much as $30 million in cleanup costs by the Wyandot County Common Pleas Court.