HARRISBURG, Pa. (April 1, 2011)—The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has begun two projects to clean up an estimated 400,000 abandoned tires at piles in Lancaster and Beaver counties.
The DEP said its waste tire program developed a priority list of 17 abandoned tire sites in need of remediation, based on a number of environmental and hazardous criteria. Topping the list was the McFadden pile containing 350,000 tires in Fulton Township, Lancaster County; and the 50,000-tire pile at Jake Ours Junkyard in Rochester Township, Beaver County.
Acting DEP Secretary Michael Krancer called the sites “long-standing nuisances,” and said cleaning them up “is of great interest to the state. These sites have been the subject of frequent complaints and we're taking action.”
Cleanup of the abandoned tire piles will be the first two projects funded by Act 24 of 2010 as set forth by the state's Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act, which allocates $1.25 million annually over four consecutive years for tire cleanup projects.