The Herald reported, “Mountains of old and discarded tires stretch across more than five acres at the corner of East 34th and Wood Avenue, just east of the city limits of Plainview.”
The tires have been described as both an eyesore and a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
County Commissioner Kenny Kernell was quoted as saying there are more than 500,000 tires on site – way more than the number allowed by Tyre King’s permit with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
The owner of the business, Santos Barcentas, told the Herald he had been hospitalized with cancer.
The Herald reported, “He [Barcentas] said his company is currently in the process of moving the tires to Denver City.”
Hale County officials were highly critical of TCEQ for letting it get so far out of control in the first place. The Herald said the TCEQ office in Austin took the case from the Lubbock office, and a citation has been issued against Barcentas. The citation must be served upon him in person in order to become enforceable.
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