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TRIB scores waste tire victory for California retreaders

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It's taken nearly a year, but California retreaders have finally won exemption from the California Integrated Waste Management Board's (CIWMB) controversial waste tire manifest law, according to Tire Retread Information Bureau (TRIB) Managing Director Harvey Brodsky.

CIWMB granted retreaders exemption late last week.

The law -- which went into effect July 1, 2003 -- made retreaders liable for fines of up to $25,000 per day per violation for "offenses" as minor as filling out manifest forms incorrectly or even carrying forms that another party filled out incorrectly, says Brodsky.

TRIB argued that retreaders should not have been required to fill out waste tire manifests because they did not own the tires they were hauling.

Brodsky, TRIB officials and various retreaders met with CIWMB representatives on a number of occasions in an effort to spare retreaders from the "draconian" law and had even threatened to take legislative and/or legal action at one point.

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