WASHINGTON (Oct. 27)—Michael Blumenthal, senior technical director at the Rubber Manufacturers Association, gave an overview of scrap tire management techniques to environmental attaches at the Mexican Embassy in Washington.
Blumenthal—who said the overview summarized 14 years of constant effort between the U.S. tire industry and state environmental officials—discussed the common elements of successful scrap tire abatement programs. These include licensing of scrap tire transporters and processors; careful recordkeeping of scrap tire shipments; enforcement of scrap tire regulations; and a dedicated fee to fund scrap tire cleanup and market development.
The RMA has "an open-ended dialogue" with Mexican officials, Blumenthal said, and future meetings will take place close to the U.S.-Mexico border. Earlier this year, U.S. and Mexican environmental officials took steps toward an agreement to deal with the 10 million-plus stockpiled tires along the U.S.-Mexico border.