MUSCATINE, Iowa—A district judge has fined Tire Tech Environmental Systems $25,000 for tire storage violations. The company had faced a potential $3 million fine, and the state had asked for $500,000 in penalties.
Tire Tech owner Les Taylor said his company was the victim of inadequate technology to handle the tires it was taking in.
``Our old technology for shredding tires was not removing enough metal for our customer base,'' he said. ``We lost some clients, and had to upgrade our equipment to regain them. During our downtime, the tires stockpiled.''
More than 500,000 tires sat piled while the company underwent capital improvements.
``We have had the new technology in place for about a month now and are reducing our piles by about 5,000 tires per eight hours,'' Mr. Taylor said.
But Assistant Attorney General David Dorff isn't so sure Tire Tech can clean up the site in time. ``We are mulling over an appeal to the judge's decision,'' he said. ``We want the penalty to be no less than the potential cost for the state to clean up the site if necessary.''
The state didn't consider the firm a typical violator, Mr. Taylor said. ``We were just a business that got caught short, and we are making every effort to remedy the problem.''