Pennsylvania DEP awards tire pile cleanup to Entech —
300,000 slated for disposal
The last of 6 million tires that once marred a Columbia
County property and threatened surrounding communities
will be removed by this fall under a contract awarded
recently by the Department of Environmental Protection
Entech, Inc. will process and remove the last 300,000
tires from the Starr property in Greenwood Township.
The company worked at the site in 2007, having processed
and removed approximately 1 million tires for beneficial
The $447,000 contract requires Entech to remove the remaining
tires from Area C of the Starr tire pile, as well as
a few hundred heavy equipment tires elsewhere on the
property. The work began in May to prepare Area C and
the tires for processing and removal.
The tires are scheduled to be processed on-site beginning
in early July. Entech, of White Pigeon, Michigan, will
use a shredder to cut each tire into 6- to 12-inch pieces.
The pieces will then be transported via tractor-trailers
to various locations for beneficial reuse.
The tires should be removed and the site re-vegetated
by the end of September.
Last October, McGinty announced that North East and Central
Rail Transportation LLC was the apparent low bidder for
the tire removal, but the company was unable to fulfill
the contractual requirements.
In 1987, the commonwealth issued an administrative order
requiring the property owners, Max and Martha Starr,
to stop accepting tires and provide an estimate of the
number of tires at the site. After subsequent orders
and appeals by the owners, the Starrs and DEP finalized
terms of a legal agreement in March 2004 to clean up
the 6 million tires that accumulated on the property.
Aside from a $400,000 civil penalty for failing to remove
the waste tires, the Starrs also had to relinquish operational
control of the pile to DEP, but maintain liability insurance.
Once all tires have been removed, the Starrs must sell
the properties and give the proceeds to DEP.