Alabama Gov. Bob Riley signed a $7 million contract to clean up Alabama's largest tire dump outside of Gadsden.
Once complete, an eight-acre tire dump in rural Geneva County is high on the state's environmental cleanup list.
Six years ago Ray Roberts bought an eight-acre tire dump site between Samson and Geneva hoping to start a shredding business. The recycling idea never caught on, and he estimates there are more than one million tires here. In some spots they stand three stories high.
The Alabama Department of Environmental Management has Geneva County's tire site high on its cleanup list. Officials say it’s been a long time health blight.
Recently, Pauline Rhodes moved from Cottondale, Florida to Geneva County. She lives within a half-mile of the tire dump
With recent rains, residents say the mosquitoes are starting to swarm from the tire dump.
This week's awarding of a contract to clean the site outside of Gadsden falls under the state's Scrap Tire Environmental Quality Act.