Rubber Makes the Road 001

Rubber Makes the Road 001

About 90 miles east of State College, in rural Columbia County, mountains of waste tires scatter across an abandoned farm field. Collected over a period of decades in anticipation that the rubber would bring riches, the Starr Tire Pile is the state's largest, with about eight million tires filling 14 acres. Unfortunately, the tires generated more hazards than wealth and have become a major concern of Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Waste tire stockpiles present a serious fire hazard and the warm damp crevices are an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes, which carry the threat of West Nile virus.

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