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November 2006

U.S. Navy divers retrieve tires

United States Navy salvage divers are exploring the ocean off Broward County, Florida to see if it will be possible to haul up hundreds of thousands of tires from the ocean floor. Waste tires covering more than 35 acres of Osborne Reef were dumped there in the 1970’s to create an artificial reef to attract fish.

Tires from sites along the coast break free and cause damage to natural reefs then wash ashore during storms.

Working with the county, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Navy divers are conducting a pilot project to determine the most cost-effective way to remove the tires for recycling.

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