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U.S. Navy to Remove Tires from Ocean Floor

Date: August 27, 2006

Source: News Room

The U.S. Navy is to begin a pilot program using divers to remove as many as two million tires scattered over thirty acres of Osborne Reef in the 1970s in an attempt to create artificial reefs. Instead of helping, the tires have caused damage to the reefs and wash up on the beaches during storms. Broward County, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Navy are working together to run the pilot program to determine how best to affect the cleanup, how much the whole clean up will cost, and how to dispose of the tires.

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