The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has issued fines totaling $1.65 million against Viva Recycling over having more than 200,000 abandoned tires at its facility in Moncks Corner.
Health regulators, who say the abandoned tires are both a health and safety hazard, have been trying to get Viva Recycling to clean up its 21-acre facility for more than two years. But to date, the company has yet to remove the scrap tires.
Viva Recycling’s Anderson County facility was also cited for storing approximately 66,000 scrap tires and was recently shut down.
The Post and Courier has more:
After leaving a trail of debt from the Upstate to the Lowcountry and in the mutual funds of thousands of investors, a South Carolina rubber recycling business is facing legal action over more than 200,000 abandoned tires. Some are piled waist deep, near more than 100 homes.
Health regulators, who've spent more than two years trying to get Viva Recycling to clean up its 21-acre Moncks Corner property, now say they've lost patience with the business. Calling the site a mosquito breeding hazard, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has imposed $1.65 million in civil penalties — to date unpaid — against the company.
This isn't Viva's first run-in with DHEC. The agency has repeatedly fined the recycler and shut down Viva's operation in Anderson County, where roughly 66,000 scrap tires have been stored.