Pennsylvania Scrap Tire Pile Cleanup a Significant Step Forward

RMA Urges State to Continue Successful Effort by Dedicating Cleanup Funds

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WASHINGTON, D.C.November 13, 2007 - Tire manufacturers hailed the recent announcement that a major Pennsylvania scrap tire stockpile would soon be cleaned up and urged state policymakers to build upon that progress by dedicating funds to remediate remaining scrap tire piles.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said recently that the state’s largest scrap tire stockpile, the Max and Martha Starr site in Columbia County, would be cleaned up by June 2008.

“While more work remains, the Starr pile success represents an opportunity for the state to build on its momentum,” said Chris Gullott, RMA vice president, state government affairs. “A dedicated source of funding for stockpile abatement would help ensure that the DEP has the resources necessary to continue clean up efforts.”

Legislation introduced by Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Dallas), S.B. 1050, would direct $3 million per year over five years to scrap tire abatement. Pennsylvania still has millions of stockpiled scrap tires.

Sen. Baker’s legislation has broad bipartisan support including Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Chair Mary Jo White (R), Senate Democratic Minority Leader Robert Mellow (D), and Sen. John Gordner (R). Sen. Gordner is a longtime champion of scrap tire issues and was instrumental in pushing for the cleanup of the Starr pile, which is located in his district.

“With Starr nearly complete, we encourage the General Assembly and Governor Rendell to support dedicated resources for scrap tire cleanup,” Gullott said. “A concerted effort could render Pennsylvania’s scrap tire stockpiles a thing of the past.”

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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.