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Once hazardous waste to be used for green energy

Lynn Mitchell - email

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - For five years residents along the 2300 block of Mary Lawson Road in Gregg County have had to endure an illegal tire dump in their neighborhood.

For Miles Pruitt, living adjacent to the site, it was too dangerously to allow his grandchildren to play outside. "I really couldn't bring my grand kids over here to play outside. The mosquitoes would just swarm all around them," said Pruitt.

Paul Root, the Gregg County Health officer says that more than 22,000 tires were dumped there. "The proximity to jack pumps, had they (tires) gone up in flames would have definitely been a problem," said Pruitt.

Tim Sommers, president of Trident Environmental Resource Consultants has been hired by the site's new owner to haul away the tires. The once hazardous waste on Mary Lawson Road will now be used for "green" energy.

The property has been sold at tax action and the new owner has hired a contractor to cleanup the environmental hazard posed by the illegal dump. The work has been slowed by rain, but is now 90% complete and should be finished by the end of the week.

If no one had purchased the land, the State of Texas would have paid for the tire removal.

KLTV video journalist Lynn Mitchell captured the event. Click on the video to the right to learn more. 

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