WASHINGTON—The Scrap Tire Management Council plans to become more ``proactive'' in legislative and regulatory issues, particularly concerning scrap tire abatement, according to the council's top executive. ``We see a need to be more aggressive on stockpile reduction issues,'' said John Serumgard, STMC chairman and executive vice president of the Rubber Manufacturers Association, the council's parent organization.
The STMC's Steering Committee determined this new direction during a May 20-21 retreat in Chantilly, Va. The purpose of the gathering was to address changes in the U.S. and international scrap tire situation and redefine the STMC's strategies and goals through fiscal year 2003, the council said in a press release.
Mr. Serumgard said the council will concentrate more on legislation and regulation without abandoning its emphasis on market development for scrap tires, and that it won't promote model legislation for stockpile reduction.
``We have no specific remedies,'' he said. ``We have to work with the states on what's doable in their individual situations, for there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the stockpile problem.''
Basically, the STMC will remain true to the mission it set forth upon its founding in 1990, the council said: to promote the economically and environmentally sound management and use of scrap tires, and to make the public aware of the tire industry's successes in scrap tire management.
In addition to repositioning its goals, the Steering Committee will elect its first-ever chairman and vice chairman by the end of June to provide member-company leadership in the legislative/regulatory area.
STMC Steering Committee members are drawn from nine tire manufacturers: Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., Continental General Tire Co., Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Denman Tire Corp., Dunlop Tire Corp., Goodyear, Michelin North America, Pirelli North America and Yokohama Tire Corp.