Oregonians still burning their tires?

Press release from Dept. of Environmental Quality,

DEQ Penalizes Enterprise Man $2,262 for Burning Tires. Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality has issued a civil penalty to Jean Partarrieu for burning three tires at his residence at 65432 Billings Road in Enterprise in November.Tires emit dense, noxious plumes of smoke when burned and state law prohibits people from burning them. The open burning of prohibited materials creates a nuisance and poses a threat to the environment and the health of the young, elderly and those with respiratory conditions. When the Wallowa County Emergency Response Fire Chief asked why he was burning tires, Partarrieu said he chose to burn them rather than pay the cost of properly disposing of them. Partarrieu appealed the $2,262 penalty Dec. 22.

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