Mobile Homes Burned for Scrap Metal

May 14, 2013

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A state environmental official says some Kentuckians are turning to an unusual and illegal way to get money for scrap metal. John Gowins is the Environmental Control Supervisor for the Kentucky Division of Air Quality.

"One of the things that we are seeing, seems like more frequently, is the burning of mobile homes," Gowins said. "And people are trying to recover metal because scrap metal prices have gone up. But that is something that just cannot be done."

Gowins said it isn’t just the arson offenses that are troublesome, but the burning of metal releases harmful toxins into the air.