Scrap Tire Playgrounds Lighten Landfills, But Raise Cancer Fears

December 20, 2014 12:30 PM

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Scrap Tire Playgrounds Lighten Landfills, But Raise Cancer Fears

The fire burned for nine months, billowing toxic black smoke thousands of feet above its Appalachian valley source and across five states. It would take 20 years and $12 million to clean up the remains of the tire heap.

At the time of the 1983 Rhinehart, Virginia, tire fire, about 90 percent of America's discarded tires went to landfills. There, they would take up massive amounts of space, occasionally ignite, and collect water that created fertile breeding grounds for disease-transmitting mosquitoes. Today, in par...

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