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IEPA removes 60 tons of used tires to fight mosquito-borne illnesses

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The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency says 60 tons of used tires are now out of southern Illinois communities.

The IEPA has been collecting tires from roadsides, public parks and abandoned sites in seven southern Illinois counties.

The removal was part of a plan to reduce the threat of mosquito-borne diseases -- including Zika and West Nile virus. If left outside, the agency says the tires can become habitats for mosquitoes and other disease carrying insects. 

The agency says the operation has been completed in the following southern Illinois counties: 

- Alexander County, in cooperation with the Alexander County Highway Department and the City of Cairo.
- Hardin County, in cooperation with the Hardin County Highway Department.
- Johnson County in cooperation with the Johnson County Highway Department.
- Massac County in cooperation with the Massac County Highway Department.
- Pope County in cooperation with Pope County Road District #2.
- Pulaski County in cooperation with the Pulaski County Highway Department.
- Union County in cooperation with the Union County Highway Department. 

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