Missouri readies tire grant funds
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Solid Waste Management Program (SWMP) is administering a grant program for organizations interested in recycling scrap tires.
Approximately $104,000 is available during the 2001 grant cycle for rubber playground cover and surfacing material, SWMP said. Non-profit organizations, schools, parks and government organizations other than state agencies are eligible to apply. Deadline for applying is Feb. 1.
California tire pile owner fined $300K
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The California Integrated Waste Management Board has fined the former operator of one of the state's largest tire piles as well as the landowner of the site.
The Board fined Omega Tires operator Mark Kirkland $300,000 for illegally stockpiling more than 230,000 scrap tires in as many as 117 parked trailers and on private property owned by the Filbin Land and Cattle Co. near Westley. Filbin Land and |Cattle also received a $10,500 fine.
Mr. Kirkland originally leased the property, stating he would abide with state tire requirements and store no more than 5,000 tires in 50 tractor and trailer units at the site at any one time. He operated Omega Tires as a scrap tire collection, distribution and processing center.
The Westley dump, which reportedly had as many as 7 million tires, ignited in 1999 after lightning struck the pile.