RMA co-sponsors regional scrap tire conference

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Annapolis, Md., has been chosen as the site for the first Mid Atlantic Regional Scrap Tire Management Conference to be held Nov. 8-9, 2001.

Jointly hosted by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) and the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), the event will be held at the Sheraton Barcelo Hotel in Annapolis. It will focus on the scrap tire issues in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

"We have long sought to have a regional conference in this region of the United States," said Michael Blumenthal, RMA senior technical director. "This area has one of the highest rates of scrap tire generation in the country, has some well-established markets, but is also facing some major challenges including an uneven distribution of markets. We have always held that this is an important area, since what occurs here has an impact on the entire scrap tire marketplace."

Presentations will be made on regional regulatory and legislative programs and some of the major markets for scrap tires, products made from ground rubber, the outlook for the ground rubber industry, civil engineering applications, use of shreds in landfills and road construction, and tire-derived fuel. Also on the agenda are discussusions on processing scrap tires, the West Nile Virus situation and a review of state scrap tire programs in the region.

For more information on the conference, call the RMA at (202) 682-4800.

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