The New York Senate has passed a bill to create a scrap tire abatement and market development program in the state.
Drafted by the administration of Republican Gov. George Pataki, the bill passed July 2 by a straight-party-line, 33-25 vote.
It calls on the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to administrate the scrap tire program with the funds obtained from a $1.25 fee on each new tire sold in the state. One dollar of the fee will go to the state's scrap tire fund, with a quarter going to the tire dealer to defray administrative costs.
The DEC will be in charge of identifying illegal tire piles and devising abatement strategies. The legislation also creates a mechanism through which the department can seek reimbursement from tire pile owners and operators for cleanup costs. While the bill forbids the landfilling of tires, the DEC has the power to grant exemptions in cases where no alternative to landfilling exists.
Under the bill's provisions, the state Department of Economic Development will be responsible for aiding the private development of scrap tire recycling technologies.
``Because this is the governor's bill, his signature is assured,'' said Fred Andersen, director of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, where the bill was introduced.
The state Assembly recessed without passing the scrap tire bill, but can be reconvened to cast a vote.