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State claims Tampa tire recycling firm operating illegally

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Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection is going after a Tampa company for illegally running a tire recycling business.

Incorporated in 2012, Green Wizard Tire Recyclers LLC — at 3515 E. Columbus Dr. in Tampa — is led by operating manager/secretary Warren Donald Friton and vice-operating manager/treasurer Edward “Ed” Beauchaine.

Green Wizard’s 2016 annual report lists Tampa resident Beachaine as president.

According to the DEP, Green Wizard Tire Recyclers never operated fully within the law, despite the agency saying it gave the company considerable latitude.

In 2013, after discovering the tire-recycling business was running illegally, the DEP ordered Green Wizard to stop accepting tires until it could obtain a permit. The company applied for and received a permit in 2014, but could not resume operations until it submitted an approved certification of construction completion requirements.

Green Wizard never submitted the required document, but continued to operate.

A September 2015 inspection found Green Wizard had 487,000 tires on hand, much more than the permitted maximum. The company had been storing loose tires outside rather than in tractor-trailers as required by law. Other violations include height and width limits for the piles of tires and inadequate fire lanes.

The DEP revoked Green Wizard’s permit formally in June 2016, ordering the company to begin removing its tire collection and assessing $9,000 in fines.

In a lawsuit filed March 10 in Hillsborough County Circuit Court, the agency argues that Green Wizard never acknowledged the revocation, did not remove all its tires and related solid waste, and never paid the fines.

The DEP is asking the court to order compliance.

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