Dedicated Funding Source Key to Cleanup Action
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WASHINGTON, D.C., August 23, 2007 - A bipartisan group of Pennsylvania lawmakers are seeking to eliminate scrap tire stockpiles across the state with legislation that provides $15 million in cleanup funds over five years.
The Rubber Manufacturers Association strongly supports the effort. The group conservatively estimates that Pennsylvania has nearly eight million tires in stockpiles and is one of seven states that have more than 85 percent of the nation’s stockpiled scrap tires.
“Pennsylvania lawmakers are on the right track with this legislation,” said Michael Blumenthal, RMA senior technical director. “A consistent funding stream has not been available for some time, which has hampered more extensive scrap tire clean up activities.”
RMA, which represents tire manufacturers, is a strong advocate for effective scrap tire management programs and activities. The group collects information on scrap tire market activity and cleanup efforts and issues a report every two years.
The legislation, SB 1050, was introduced by state Senator Lisa Baker (R-Dallas) with 11 co-sponsors, including Senate Minority Leader Robert Mellow (D). The measure would provide a $3 million annual appropriation for five years from the state’s Recycling Fund to the Used Tire Pile Remediation Restricted Account (UTRRA).
The legislation would provide a consistent and dedicated source of funding for scrap tire stockpile abatement. Additionally, it would require the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to provide the Legislature with an annual progress report on stockpile abatement activities.
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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include 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.