DEP Announces Tire Pile Cleanup Projects

Mar 25, 2011, 15:26 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Agency Seeks Bids for Site Remediation

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection has initiated two projects to clean up an estimated 400,000 abandoned tires at piles in Lancaster and Beaver counties.

DEP's 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.

"Cleaning up these sites, which have been long-standing nuisances, is of great interest to the state," acting DEP Secretary Michael Krancer said. "These sites have been the subject of frequent complaints and we're taking action."

Tire piles are fertile breeding sites for mosquitoes and can also pose a contamination risk to the surrounding ground, water and air in the event of a fire.

Cleanup of the abandoned tire piles will be the first two projects funded by Act 24 of 2010 as set forth by the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act. The law allocates $1.25 million annually over four consecutive years for tire cleanup projects.

The department is seeking professional contractual bids for services and "Invitation for Bid" documents are available on the state's eMarketplace Web site. For more information, visit and click on "Solicitations" or visit keyword: Waste Management.

Media Contact: Jamie Legenos, 717-787-1323

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection