WASHINGTON (July 16, 2002) — If allowed to stand, the new Environmental Protection Agency final rule on emissions from tire manufacturing facilities would force tire makers to reformulate all their solvents, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association.
The RMA filed today before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals for reconsideration of the EPA standard issued July 9. Despite its specific complaints, the association said it likes the general thrust of the standard, on which it collaborated with the EPA for six years.
The agency estimates the rule will cut emissions from tire plants by more than 1,000 tons per year and cost the industry $25 million annually.