In a Thursday, June 14, 2007 file photo, Tim Keeney, U.S. deputy assistant secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere, right, and William Nuckols, a project coordinator with Coastal America, pick up one of the approximately two million old tires that were dumped in the 1970s with the intent of creating an artificial reef off the shore of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Military divers who were helping clean up an ill-advised artificial reef made from tires off the Florida coast are being pulled off the project because forces are stretched too thin by two wars and earthquake relief in Haiti, military officials said Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010.    (Wilfredo Lee / The Associated Press)
In a Thursday, June 14, 2007 file photo, Tim Keeney, U.S. deputy assistant secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere, right, and William Nuckols, a project coordinator with Coastal America, pick up one of the approximately two million old tires that were dumped in the 1970s with the intent of creating an artificial reef off the shore of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Military divers who were helping clean up an ill-advised artificial reef made from tires off the Florida coast are being pulled off the project because forces are stretched too thin by two wars and earthquake relief in Haiti, military officials said Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010. (Wilfredo Lee / The Associated Press)
In a Thursday, June 14, 2007 file photo, Tim Keeney, U.S. deputy assistant secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere, right, and William Nuckols, a project coordinator with Coastal America, pick up one of the approximately two million old tires that were dumped in the 1970s with the intent of creating an artificial reef off the shore of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Military divers who were helping clean up an ill-advised artificial reef made from tires off the Florida coast are being pulled off the project because forces are stretched too thin by two wars and earthquake relief in Haiti, military officials said Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010. (Wilfredo Lee / The Associated Press)

U.S. military halts cleanup of Florida tire reef

February 10, 2010 06:29 PM