State clears Tazewell County site of 220 tons of used tires

Tire Cleanup – Photo Illinois IEPA

PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Environmental Agency has removed more than 220 tons of used tires from an abandoned auto salvage site in Tazewell County. Officials said the operation took more than six weeks because of the amount of material dispersed over a 10-acre area. It’s the site of the former Harmon Auto Salvage on Illinois 29 south of Pekin. State law allows removal of waste tires when they become a public health hazard. Standing water in tires provides a breeding ground for disease-carrying mosquitoes. The operation cost $147,900 and was covered by money the state sets aside from a $2.50-per-tire fee on retail purchases.