Superfund Site: RHINEHART TIRE FIRE DUMP, FREDERICK COUNTY, VA
Superfund Site Profile
The 22-acre Rhinehart Tire Fire Dump site is located in Frederick County, Virginia. Between 1972 and 1983, the site owner operated a tire reuse and disposal facility, handling as many as 25 million tires. In October 1983, a fire broke out in a 5-acre tire storage area and burned until July 1984. The fire consumed an estimated five to seven million tires. The burning tires produced a free flowing oily tar that ultimately contaminated sediment and surface water of an adjacent stream, Massey Run. Cleanup is complete at the site. EPA took the site off the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in September 2005.