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Tire Dump May Be Growing

"Not on their property, on this property," said John Hill as the Gulfport business owner surveyed the stacks of tires next door.

Hill has had enough. He's watched a mound of old tires next door, become a mountain. They now spill over onto his property. And there's been no evidence of a clean-up since Earl Brown's conviction in city court.

"And they haven't, since they came from city court, they have not turned one tap up here. And I guess somebody's got to die from West Nile before EPA is going to do something," he said.

"They ain't picked up the first one. And every time you come out here, you'll find more tires," said Cecil Clinton, who  has worked maintenance on Hill's property for years.

He suspects tires are being dumped here at night. And those stacks of rubber and stagnant water promise another healthy harvest of mosquitoes.

"There's going to be pretty quick. I put a piece of tin on that little old building yonder. And you could rake them up by handfuls last summer. And if you stop cutting grass out there, you'd better run. As long as you're moving, you're all right. But don't stop," he warned.

A few miles to the west, there's also little evidence of a clean-up at a tire dump on Hartsell Road, north of Long Beach. Earl Brown's son is believed responsible for that one.

Harrison County and the Department of Environmental Quality are taking action against those responsible for the mess. Harrison County is filing suit against David Brown and Jack Collins, while the DEQ has given the men a deadline of April 15th to have the dump cleaned-up.

Back in Gulfport, John Hill and Cecil Clinton face the prospect of a long summer with biting mosquitoes. There are an estimated 200,000 plus tires at the Gulfport site.

During Brown's city court trial, there was talk of another company buying the tires for recycling. But there's no update on any such deal and no evidence of any tires being removed. 

By Steve Phillips

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