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Tire Fire Collection

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17

1362 THL

Scope and Content: This collection contains copies of the numerous reports, test results, recommendations, and actions taken to contain and modify the pollution engendered by the Rhinehart Tire Fire. The collection contains administrative record files, endangerment assessment, remedial investigation report, community relations plan, and news clippings.
(2 boxes) Last updated 11/05.

Biographical/Historical: On October 31, 1983, a fire began in a dump owned by Mr. Paul Rhinehart in Winchester, VA. The dump contained 5 million or more tires and the resultant smoke and tire combustion caused considerable air pollution and threatened a major pollution of nearby streams, which ultimately fed into the Potomac River, the Washington, D.C. water supply. It took several years for the Environmental Protection Agency to satisfactorily resolve the problem by containing the fire run-off and neutralizing the toxicity.

Cite As: Tire Fire Collection, 1362 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.


Box 1—Rhinehart Tire Fire dump administrative record file OU1

Volume I

Volume II

Volume IIIA

Volume IIIB

Volume IV

Volume V

Box 2

Rhinehart Tire Fire dump ‑ administrative record file OU2, Volume III

Draft endangerment assessment ‑ Winchester Tire Fire site, Frederick County, VA, May 26, 1988

Technical memorandum--management of migration of contamination via surface water, May 1988

Remedial investigation/feasibility study--Winchester Tire Fire site, Frederick County, VA, March-April 1987
Phase I, final report ‑ March 1987
Work plan ‑ received March 27, 1986
Phase I, plates
Phase I, final report ‑ March 1987
Draft report, Phase II ‑ April 19, 1988

Community relations plan ‑ Winchester Tire Fire site, Oct. 1986, Sept. 1997

Tire fire of 1983-1984, 1990 ‑ news clippings

Volume III A  Administrative Record File

Volume III B  Administrative Record File

Final close Out Report for Rhinehart Tire Fire Superfund Site, April 2005


See Also—Rhinehart Tire Fire Dump web site: