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New law improves oversight of used-tire sites

Published: Saturday, June 21, 2014 12:14 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn has signed new legislation meant to improve oversight of used tire storage and processing sites that can pose major environmental hazards.

Thursday’s signing comes one year after a massive fire broke out at a tire-recycling facility in central Illinois. The June fire at J&R Used Tire Service in Hoopeston engulfed tens of thousands of tires and took weeks to extinguish. Many homes in neighboring communities had to be evacuated. The cleanup also took several weeks.

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