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Editorial: Proposed tire landfill needs extra scrutiny

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  • Stephanie Pressly, publisher
  • Nick Ehli, managing editor
  • Bill Wilke, opinion page editor
  • Bob Eichenberger, finance director
  • Daniel Larson, community member
  • Jim Hamilton, community member
  • Wendy Blake, community member
  • Marily Wessel, community member

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Just on its face it looks like a bad idea: a tire landfill in Paradise Valley. A pair of local landowners there is asking the state for permission to turn 11 acres two miles north of Pray into a landfill that could receive up to 5,000 tires a day until it reaches a maximum capacity of 280,000 tons over some 20 years of operation.

That's a massive amount of tires to bury in the heart of the scenic valley. In an environmental assessment for the project, the state Department of Environmental Quality appears poised to approve the landfill, saying there is a need for another place to dump used tires and that the landfill will pose no health risks.

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