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Macon County is among those selected for EPA Used Tire Program

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Decatur – Governor Pat Quinn made an Earth Day announcement today that Macon County is among those selected for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's Used Tire Program. The announcement is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to provide and maintain a healthy environment for the benefit of current and future generations.

"Earth Day is all about making our planet a better place to live. Today we are letting the citizens of Macon County know that in the near future we are coming to help remove their old tires," Governor Quinn said.  "This removal costs them nothing, and when it's done the area will be cleaner and safer."

Dumping tires is illegal, and dumping more than 50 is a Class 4 felony in Illinois. The Environmental Protection Act allows state and local law enforcement to issue citations of up to $1,500 for each violation. 

Dumped tires are an eyesore, can contaminate air, land and water, and serve as habitats for disease-carrying insects, particularly mosquitoes. Illinois citizens produce more than 14 million used tires annually - that's at least one used tire per person per year.

For more information visit epa.state.il.us/land/tires

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