- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

KING PARK, N.Y. (AP) - The state Department of Environmental Conservation is removing an estimated 2.5 million tires from a Long Island industrial site.

The abatement process to remove and shred the tires from Kings Park began started in April.

Officials say about 875,000 tires have been removed since then. Many are buried 40 feet deep.

DEC tells Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/10vnemw ) that the greatest environmental concern at the site is the chance of fire. When tires burn, they produce a petroleum product that could contaminate the ground water.

The Kings Park site is the seventh largest such stockpile in the state.

Town officials have wanted the site cleaned for decades. It says it’s a health hazard due to possible mosquito infestations, associated viruses and long-burning fires.

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com


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