SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The California Integrated Waste Management Board granted tire hauler MB Opportunities its appeal but denied the appeal of Import Tires after refusing to renew its hauling permits for stockpiling tires at unpermitted sites. It was the board's first such denial since the state tire program began in 1995, a board spokesman said.
Import Tires, based in Sylmar near Los Angeles, appealed unsuccessfully to have its permit renewed after the state denied its application for hauling and stockpiling some 50,000 tires in a pile in Littlerock in the desert of eastern Los Angeles County.
The pile was 300-feet long, 120-feet wide and 6-feet deep, with none of the safety and security measures required of legal tire piles, the spokesman said.
The firm had requested a waste tire facility permit for the site four months after it began accumulating tires there, but never completed the application. State and county inspectors ordered the pile shut down in February of 1998, he said.
The board did grant the application of MB Opportunities of Amador County, Calif., and reduced its fine from $10,000 to $4,500 for operating two unlawful tire piles with a total of 17,000 tires in rural, mountainous Amador County because the company had removed the tires and those of another illegal tire hauler.
The board weighed the firm's efforts to remove the tires, its search for uses for crumb rubber and its decision to apply for a permit to operate a minor waste tire facility storing less than 5,000 tires.