Starting in 2018, the Darke County Health Department began performing annual inspections of all scrap tire facilities. This inspection is conducted as part of our Solid Waste program and we will be working with the Darke County Solid Waste District as needed, as well as, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. The Health Department conducts this inspection to determine the compliance with Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Chapter 3734, Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 3745-27-54 through 3745-27-79. The Darke County Health Department began performing inspections on scrap tire facilities due to the following reasons: Scrap tires left outside are a breeding ground for mosquitoes. These mosquitoes could carry diseases such as West Nile Virus and Zika virus, many scrap tires are being dumped through-out the county. Each year the Ohio EPA removes and disposes of approximately 100,000 illegally dumped scrap tires and scrap tire fires can generate toxic smoke and oil which will affect air quality and possible ground water resources.