By SAMANTHA KRULEWITZ
The Maryland Department of the Environment said Wednesday that it achieved its fiscal year 1997 goal of removing 1 million illegally dumped scrap tires through 44 removal projects across Maryland.
Three removal projects in Washington County resulted in the removal of more than 11,000 tires. Maryland has removed more than four million scrap tires since 1990.
"These cleanup projects have provided tremendous long-term benefits to the citizens of Maryland. Scrap tire piles present significant public health and environmental risks," said Maryland Secretary of the Environment Jane T. Nishida.