Environment: Pullman's Lot

Donald E. Pullman, a home-improvement contractor, is facing a herculean labor. In the dead of several nights, someone dumped some 8,000 worn-out automobile tires on his one-acre building lot in Herndon, Va., near the Fairfax-Loudoun county line. The authorities threatened Pullman with a jail sentence or a $300 fine for operating an illegal dump unless he quickly got rid of them.

Easy, thought Pullman at first. He would simply give them to Fairfax County for landfill. "We're all sympathy," said the county engineer. "But tires don't make good material. Unless they're chopped up, they keep coming to the surface after being buried."...

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