A number of the citizens, who participated in the roadside clean up for the 2007 Earth Day, identified an increasing number of junk vehicles that were dotting the landscaping in their town, Bruce said. In the reports that came back from Earth Day, these citizens asked for a follow up be done because it was felt that it hurt the recovery effort for economic development, it created unsafe condition and it had a negative impact on the environment.
The Moriah town law that defines a junk yard also sets requirements for them. The primary requirement is an eight-foot tall fence with proper security. The goal of the law is to provide for public safety and a clean environment, Bruce noted.
The current situation exists, Bruce believes, because the law has not been enforced and many people slipped in to non-compliance.