Mahoning County property ordered to clean up
Citing a danger to public health and the environment,
Ohio EPA has instructed two Youngstown property owners to remove
approximately 13,000 scrap tires from three parcels of land located
at 1144 Poland Avenue.
Margaret Davis O’Sullivan of Austin, Texas, and Michael Davis
of Abilene, Texas, have until the end of April to arrange for
removal and proper disposal of the tires. Until the illegal dump
is cleaned up, O’Sullivan and Davis need to ensure health and
safety concerns are minimized by reducing the size of tire storage
piles, establishing fire lanes and spraying for mosquitoes.
O’Sullivan and Davis are the children and heirs of Max Davis,
the owner of the property and tire dump until his death in 2002.
Ohio EPA first documented the scrap tire dump in 2004 and issued
two notices of violation to Max Davis, believing he was still
the property’s owner. In 2008, a fire at the site burned thousands
of tires. In 2009, Ohio EPA returned to the property and found
burned residuals as well as thousands more tires unaffected by
the fire. O’Sullivan and Davis were made aware of the Agency’s
concerns at that time.
If O’Sullivan and Davis are unable to remove and dispose of all
the scrap tires, Ohio EPA will arrange for a thorough clean up
and will pursue reimbursement.