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Court Orders $1.5 Million Penalty and Cleanup by Marshall
County Tire Disposal Facilities
Marshalltown. Bee Rite Tire Disposal, Inc., has been ordered to pay a $1.5 million civil penalty and remove and
properly dispose of tires and all solid waste at tire processing facilities at Rhodes and State Center, Iowa, the Attorney
General's Office said today.
The civil penalty and permanent injunction were entered today by District Court Judge Michael J. Moon at Marshall
County District Court in Marshalltown. Defendants in the state lawsuit were Bee Rite Tire Disposal, Inc., Michael
Trowbridge, and Jerry Yoemans. Trowbridge and Yoemans are owners and officers of Bee Rite Tire Disposal.
The Attorney General's lawsuit sought to enforce environmental laws and regulations, and earlier administrative
enforcement orders issued by the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources. The DNR regulates tire disposal operations. The
lawsuit alleged the defendants violated solid waste laws and regulations at both the Rhodes and State Center waste tire
processing sites, including having more tires at the sites than authorized under terms of their permit, and violating fire
code requirements such as having clear fire lanes between piles of tires.
The vast majority of the waste tires - probably about a million tires - are at the Rhodes site.
"Our first priority is to get sites like this cleaned up," said Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller. "Tires can pose a very
serious fire danger, and water in tires can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. The Rhodes site is the last really big
waste tire dump in Iowa." According to the DNR, none of the remaining sites in Iowa has more than 10,000 tires, and
most have under 5,000.
Under terms of the Consent Order, Judgment and Decree filed this morning in Marshall County, Judge Moon ordered the
defendants to pay a civil penalty of $1.5 million and pay a $10,000 administrative penalty assessed against them by the
DNR in 2001. The defendants also were ordered to remove and properly dispose of all waste tires and solid waste at their
facilities, and were permanently prohibited from accepting or storing waste tires at the facilities.
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