DEP and community members work to remove rubber from Tug Fork River


THE WEST VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION IS TEAMING UP WITH COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO HELP MAKE THE WILDER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN STATE… A LITTLE MORE WONDERFUL. REPORTER HALEY KOSIK THREW ON SOME WADERS TO SEE WHAT THEY’RE UP TO IN MINGO COUNTY. :38 – :42 :47 – :53 1:09 JOHN BURCHETT: PROJECT COORDINATOR: “WE’RE CLEANING UP SINS OF THE PAST AND IT’S A SHAME WE HAVE TO DO IT…” FOR THE LAST FEW DAYS… VOLUNTEERS HAVE BEEN YANKING TIRES OUT OF THE TUG FORK RIVER. VOLUNTEER: “THIS IS THE MOST FUN I’VE HAD ALL DAY!” THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF THEM. DENNIS STOTTLEMYER / REAP ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATE: “YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO FAR TO FIND THE NEXT TIRE DO YOU?” SO FAR… SIXTEEN-HUNDRED TIRES HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE RIVER’S BED AND BANK WITH THE HELP OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. DENNIS STOTTLEMYER / REAP ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATE: “THIS IS THE WORST I’VE SEEN ANYWHERE IN WEST VIRGINIA.” SOME ARE NEW… AND SOME ARE OLD. DENNIS STOTTLEMYER / REAP ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATE: “”YA… THESE ARE CLASSICS IN SOME CASES… THAT I HOPE TO NEVER SEE AGAIN.” IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE TIRES CAME FROM AN OLD TIRE FACTORY THAT WAS NEAR BY. JOHN BURCHETT: PROJECT COORDINATOR: “IT’S JUST CRAZY, IT’S MIND-BOGGLING THE NUMBER OF TIRES HERE. I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT WE WERE GETTING IN TO.” THE TUG FORK RIVER STRETCHES FOR 159 MILES… VOLUNTEER: “OH YA!” WHICH MEANS THIS COULD TAKE DECADES TO RID IT OF ALL THE TIRES. DENNIS STOTTLEMYER / REAP ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATE: “MY FAVORITE PART OF THIS WILL BE WHEN WE GET THE LAST TIRE OUT OF THE LAST RIVER.” HALEY KOSIK / 13 NEWS REPORTER: “THE NEXT STOP FOR THESE TIRES IS OFF TO SUMMERSVILLE WHERE THEY’LL BE HAULED OFF IN TRUCK LOADS OFF TO A TIRE MONOFILL TO PROPERLY BE RECYCLED. IN WILLIAMSON, WEST VIRGINIA… HALEY KOSIK… WORKING FOR YOU.” TODAY ALONE… 697 TIRES WERE COLLECTED. IT WILL COST ROUGHLY 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO RECYCLE THESE TIRES. THIS MORNING, A TRUCK HIT A SCHOOL BUS ON ROUTE 60 IN CULLODEN, WEST VIRGINIA. SHERRIFF DEPUTIES TELL US THE DRIVER OF THE TRUCK WAS TRAPPED IN HIS VEHICLE, BUT FIREFIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO

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