Businessman sentenced in tire-dumping scheme

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DETROIT State officials say a Detroit businessman has been sentenced to six months in jail for dumping more than 70,000 old tires in a northwest side neighborhood.

The Detroit Free Press reports Friday that Beal's Rubber Recycling chief executive Henry Ross pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of failing to register a tire recycling collection site, failing to provide bonding and not complying with tire pile size and spacing restrictions.

Ross also received probation and was ordered to pay nearly $90,000 to dispose of the tires.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says scrap tire haulers were charged 80 cents per tire. The price was too low to make a profit shredding and recycling the tires which then were dumped on a two-acre site.

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