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Tire Retread Information Bureau (TRIB) is urging its California members to let the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) know how the agency's "onerous and ridiculous" manifest requirements are affecting them.

Violations of the requirements, which went into effect last month, may subject retreaders to fines of up to $25,000 per incident.

TRIB is requesting that retreaders be exempt from the law, but CIWMB officials have thus far been unresponsive.

TRIB Managing Director Harvey Brodsky is urging retreaders who write the CIWMB to be "as specific as possible citing the additional costs you will be incurring in both man hours and dollars" as a result of the requirements.

Letters can be sent via e-mail to Don Dier, a CIWMB board member, at ddier@ciwmb.ca.gov, or via regular mail at Don Dier Jr.; Waste Tire Management Branch; CIWMB; P.O. Box 4025; Sacramento, CA 95812-4025.

"Lest there be any misunderstanding about what we are trying to achieve, it is simply this," says Brodksy.

"When picking up and delivering tires for retreading that belong to the customers, and which California retreaders never take title to, there should be no requirement to manifest these tires.

"After speaking to a number of our retreader members, I am convinced that they have no problem manifesting any scrap (waste) tires they may haul from time to time. They simply want relief from what constitutes nearly 100% of their pick-up and deliveries."

Last week, Brodsky said that TRIB would be taking legal action against the CIWMB.

"We intend to pursue this until the bitter end."

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