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Fire near Granville involved prohibited tire burning
Posted: 06/14/2012

A  fire reported at 4626 490th St. in Sioux County at 10 p.m. Monday by a passerby involved the burning of approximately 20 tires. The fire was quickly put out with the assistance of Granville Fire Chief Greg Penning. No pollutants leached from the fire and the remains of the burned tires were covered with clay.


Nathan Paul Zuiderveen of Midwest Dairy Renovations told Deputy Todd Bergsma with the Sioux County Sheriff’s Department that his intent in starting the fire was to get rid of approximately 600 tires at the site. The site is a non-active dairy which Midwest Dairy Renovations is cleaning to operate.


Open burning of tires is not allowed under Iowa regulations. The act produces dense smoke and toxic air pollutants, including benezene and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons  (PAHs). The intense heat can lead to the generation of pyrolytic oil that mixes with extinguishing materials, contaminating surrounding soils, surface waters and groundwater.


The DNR is considering enforcement action that may include a penalty.