Reclamation Offers Reward for Information Concerning Illegal Dumping of Used Tires in the Chandler Canal

Media Contact: John Redding, (208) 378-5212
Tony Hargroves, (509) 575-5848 x 245

For Release: March 14, 2012

The Bureau of Reclamation is offering a reward for information concerning the illegal dumping of used vehicle tires into the Chandler Canal near the water intake structures at the Chandler Powerplant located about 10 miles east of Prosser, Washington.

Authorities say that about 100 used vehicle tires were found floating outside the water intake structures at the Chandler Powerplant in the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 13, 2012. Reclamation officials report that the tires were removed from the area before they caused any significant damage to the powerplant. It is believed the tires were dumped into the Chandler Canal upstream of the powerplant during the evening of Monday, March 12, 2012.

Reclamation is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the conviction of the persons responsible for this crime.

If you have any information regarding this crime, please contact the Bureau of Reclamation Duty Officer at (888) 748-7220 or For additional information regarding the crime:

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