WASHINGTON-A Senate bill to regulate interstate solid waste transportation, and a similar House bill could impede the use of scrap tires and rubber as fuel, according to Peter J. Pantuso, vice president of public affairs for the Rubber Manufacturers Association. S. 534 passed the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee March 23, and will go to the full Senate after Easter recess. Also on March 23, the Commerce, Trade and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee of the House Commerce Committee held hearings on several House bills covering interstate waste and flow control.
The concept of ``flow control'' ordinances-i.e. edicts for waste disposal customers to use government-mandated waste management facilities-can only harm small businesses, according to John R. Broadway, Virginia state director for the National Federation of Independent Business.
``Flow control ordinances. . . create monopolies under which small business owners will most likely pay higher costs and receive inferior service,'' he said at the House Commerce hearing.
One of the House bills, H.R. 1180, is like S. 534 in that it classifies rubber as a municipal solid waste, Mr. Pantuso said. The RMA objects to this classification.
``Rubber is not typically in the municipal solid waste stream,'' he said. ``It usually has a separate collection system.''
Even worse, S. 534 and H.R. 1180 may classify tire-derived fuel as waste intended for incineration. The RMA wants to forestall this classification, since both bills would tightly restrict the interstate transport of scrap rubber.
Another House bill, H.R. 1085, recognizes TDF as energy recovery and a legitimate use of waste.