EPA scrap tire ruling is a victory, says TIA

Feb. 27, 2011

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) applauds the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s decision not to classify scrap tires as solid waste under the Clean Air Act.

TIA says it worked with numerous other associations to lobby Congress to ensure that the EPA scrutinized the industry’s position: that scrap tires should continue to be utilized as an alternative fuel for cement kilns, paper mills and other power generators.

(See "EPA scraps scrap tire proposal in final rule" for more background information.)

“This is a victory for tire recyclers, our members, and the industry as a whole," says TIA Executive Vice President Roy Littlefield.

"The utilization of tire-derived fuel is an excellent way to keep scrap tires from stockpiles and landfills, and it provides other industries with a cost-effective, ‘green’ alternative to other fuels, such as petroleum. It also, in turn, lessens our nation’s dependency on imported oil, which, as we are seeing, is becoming more and more expensive,”

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