The New York Senate has passed a bill to create a scrap tire abatement and market development program in the state.
Drafted by the administration of Republican Gov. George Pataki, the bill passed by a 33-25 vote July 2.
It calls on the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to administrate the scrap tire program with the funds obtained from a $1.25 fee on each new tire sold in the state. $1 of the fee will go to the state's scrap tire fund, with a quarter going to the tire dealer to defray administrative costs.
The DEC will be in charge of identifying illegal tire piles and devising abatement strategies. The legislation also creates a mechanism through which the department can seek reimbursement from tire pile owners and operators for cleanup costs. While the bill forbids the landfilling of tires, the DEC has the power to grant exemptions in cases where no alternative to landfilling exists.
Under the bill's provisions, the state Department of Economic Development will be responsible for aiding the private development of scrap tire recycling technologies.
The Senate combined the scrap tire bill with another covering Superfund and brownfields response in the state, and passed them as one bill, according to Rick Morris, director of the New York Legislative Committee on Solid Waste Management.
The Senate acted while the Assembly was in recess. Mr. Morris could not predict when the Assembly would reconvene.
New York has more than 40 million stockpiled tires, more than any other state except Texas, the Rubber Manufacturers Association said.