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WASHINGTON, D.C., October 10, 2006 – The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), as part of the Industrial Resources Council, is coordinating a one day workshop on the use of industrial byproducts in highway construction in Little Rock, Arkansas on February 1, 2007.
“RMA has always sought to work with other stakeholders in an effort to provide the most timely information that will allow us to expand markets for scrap tires,” stated RMA’s Senior Technical Director Michael Blumenthal. “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to return to Arkansas and provide a venue where new market opportunities can be explored.”
The workshop is being co-sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and EPA Regions 4 & 6 Office of Solid Waste & Recycling, as well as the Industrial Resource Council (IRC). The IRC is comprised of organizations representing industrial byproducts. Currently the members of the IRC are: American Coal Ash Association; Construction Materials Recycling Association; Foundry Industry Recycling Starts Today (FIRST); National Council for Air & Stream Improvement (NCASI); National Slag Association (NSA) and Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA).
The workshop will be held at the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department, 10324 Interstate 30, in Little Rock, Arkansas from 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM on Thursday, February 1, 2007. There is no cost to attend the workshop, but attendees must register with RMA to attend.
Increasing the use of industrial byproducts is a priority goal of the EPA’s solid waste and recycling program. The EPA Resource Conservation Challenge has identified industrial byproducts as an underutilized resource and is seeking ways to get industry and government working together to take advantage of this resource. The Arkansas workshop is the first effort by the IRC to engage state and local officials in this process.
“The workshop offers a one-stop learning experience to educate the highway community, state and county officials on the benefits of using industrial byproducts in highway construction,” Blumenthal said.
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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include more than 100 companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. RMA members employ over 120,000 workers and account for more than $21 billion in annual sales. All RMA press releases are available at www.rma.org.