Environmentally Challenged: By Brian Troutman
According to reports, there's an illegal tire dump in Calhoun County that can been seen from space.
Well, it can't exactly be seen from space. Those words from Calhoun County Council Chairman David Summers are a slight exaggeration. But evidently, you can see the tire pile via Google Earth. There are several images on various sites online that show a fuzzy and pixilated tire pile -- image credited to Google Earth.
But, I can't seem to find it.
I am not saying it doesn't exist. The existence of the tire pile has been well documented by journalists and professional photographers. What I am saying is that the issue interests me and I need help. For me, it's like a treasure hunt without a map. I just need a clue or two. I have spent hours looking ant Google satellite views, and I have not found anything.
It's almost like knowing there is a candy in the middle of a Tootsie Roll pop, but not being able to get to it.
Shame, the news a tire dump large enough to be seen from a satellite view is anything but sweet like candy.
According to reports, about 250,000 old tires make up the old dump. They were reportedly discovered two years ago by a litter control officer in Calhoun County two years ago.
Tire dumping is a nasty issue. Old tires provide the perfect habitat for living pests that carry disease ... creatures like mosquitoes and rats. Tires illegally dumped also can ignite, creating tire fires that are difficult to extinguish and can burn for months, generating unhealthy smoke and toxic oils.
A company began removing and properly disposing of the tires in the tire mountain in Calhoun County last week. Revisiting my original purpose for this blog, is this why I cannot see the mound via Google Earth? Have officials moved that quickly with cleanup, or am I just blind or misinformed?
ABC News 4 Web Producer Brian Troutman can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.