JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (July 12)—Missouri Governor Matt Blunt has signed a recently passed bill restoring the 50-cent fee charged on each new tire sold in the state. The fee, which lapsed in January 2004, goes to fund scrap tire cleanups in Missouri.
Collection will begin Oct. 1, and the fee should bring about $2.1 million to Missouri's scrap tire fund each year, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The bill the legislature passed in mid-May gives preference to Missouri-based contractors in tire site cleanups and allows the DNR to use the scrap tire fund to respond to tire-related environmental emergencies, such as tire fires.