FRANKFORT, Ky.-As a temporary solution to alleviate the state's problem of too many tires and too few recyclers, Kentucky's Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet will enter into agreements with some potential recyclers who have not yet met the state's criteria for recycling tires. If these operations can meet the guidelines in the near future, their customers won't have to pay the per-tire waste fee to the state.
The current situation has caused an uproar among tire dealers who must pay the state a $1 fee for each waste tire they can't recycle-a cost likely to be passed on to tire buyers.
Only two companies-Dalton Tire Recycling in Ashland and Environmental Salvage and Recycling in Alexandria-have met the state's recycling criteria.
Hawaii's landfills to ban whole tires
HILO, Hawaii-A law banning whole tires from landfills in Hawaii took effect June 30, leaving each county responsible for adopting rules on how to comply.
Some companies are charging fees to cut and ship tires for disposal, but some junkyard owners are balking at paying the fees-instead stockpiling tires until a better solution can be found.
But it's also against the law to hold on to tires, since they can fill with water and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Critics say the new law will lead people to toss their old tires over cliffs or along roadsides.
Company buts tires from dump legacy
DURHAM, Maine-State officials have found a buyer for at least 500 tons of scrap tires from a major tire dump, and may be able to sell more than 300 tons more to the same company.
Dump owner John Emerson collected between 2 million and 5 million tires over the course of 30 years. He died in February after spending nearly a decade fighting with state officials over cleanup of the dump site.
Workers from Pine State Recycling of Nobleboro, Maine, which has agreed to pay the state $1 per tire, have spent the last few weeks looking for the best truck tires to sell to a Brazilian company to ship south and use on trucks there.
The company collects tires, sells the good ones and chips the rest to be used for fuel and paving products.
Minn. to help salvage yards manage wastes
ST. PAUL, Minn.-The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has embarked on a year-long effort to educate and assist salvage yard owners with the management, recycling and disposal of motor vehicle wastes, including waste tires.
``We've been working informally with the salvage industry over the years to manage wastes properly,'' said MPCA Commissioner Charles W. Williams. ``We know that some yards are well run. But some have real pollution problems.
``The (Minnesota) legislature has given us the resources we need to really get out there and provide the information and assistance that salvage yard owners need to protect Minnesota's environment.''
Minn. agency clears largest tire dump
ST. PAUL, Minn.-The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has completed cleanup of the state's largest remaining tire dump. The project, completed in early July, took two years and involved 2.7 million tires.
Almost all the tires at the dump southeast of Mora, Minn., were recycled into light-weight fill material for road construction and other civil engineering projects in the state, officials said.
The MPCA estimates it spent about $1.3 million since taking over control of the dump cleanup from site owner, Whicom Enter-prises Inc. of Mora, in May 1992.
Convicted dumper to publicly apologize
BATON ROUGE, La.- A Kentwood, La., man, the first person convicted in Louisiana of illegally disposing of waste tires, agreed to apologize for his activities in a newspaper ad.
Randall S. Carmona, 34, pleaded guilty Aug. 22 to the charge, as well as a single count of forgery. Prosecutors accused him of using a fraudulent state waste tire collection permit to dispose of nearly 25,000 used tires in a vacant lot in Baker, La.
Mr. Carmona's prosecution gives state officials new leverage in trying to clean up hundreds of other illegal waste tire sites across Louisiana, according to state officials.