COLUMBUS, Ohio (Dec. 31, 2008)—The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has ordered a Clyde, Ohio, property owner to remove about 80,000 scrap tires from a site in Clyde, Ohio, by April 3.
The state EPA said that during multiple inspections since July 2006, it and the Sandusky County Health Department found continuing violations of state solid waste rules at the site, which is the location of B&K Auto Service. Linda Nichols owns the property, the agency said.
The Ohio EPA issued citations for several violations at the site, including open dumping of solid waste, failing to store scrap tires in properly sized piles, failing to maintain fire lanes between tire piles and failing to license or register as a solid waste or scrap tire facility.
Follow-up inspections by the EPA and the Sandusky County Health Department found similar violations, the state EPA said.
Nichols, who has 120 days to remove the tires, also must stop accepting used tires, implement mosquito control measures, establish proper storage piles and establish fire lanes between tire piles until the tires are removed, the Ohio EPA said. If the tires aren't removed, the agency will hire a contractor to do so and Nichols will be required to reimburse the Ohio EPA's costs.