Officials at the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) are disputing assertions made by the Tire Retread Information Bureau's (TRIB) chief that changing a tire manifest rule for retreaders is a ``done deal.''
Just where the board stands on the issue and what it proposed to do at its March meeting has been interpreted differently by state officials and TRIB. After that meeting, TRIB Managing Director Harvey Brodsky told Tire Business the rule-which requires retreaders to document the transport of waste or used tires on multiple forms-would be lifted in favor of a single trip log.
However, Don Dier Jr., manager of California's special waste division's tire branch, disputed Mr. Brodsky's assertion that changes in the manifest system were a ``done deal.''
In a letter to Tire Business, Mr. Dier said the CIWMB agreed to ``modify the manifest system software and to develop a different reporting form,'' as well as ``to explore whether a narrowly defined, modified reporting scheme for the retreaders could be developed that would complement'' the current rule.
``Retread casings are still defined in state law as waste tires,'' Mr. Dier wrote, adding that the board's staff is drafting alternative reporting requirements for retreaders to be presented to the CIWMB in June.
Terry Leveille, TRIB's lobbyist, said the parties still are working on a system that will be acceptable to retreaders and believes that retreaders could see some relief by July.
``The waste board has indicated that they would entertain emergency regulations that would modify the requirements for retreaders,'' he explained. ``We feel comfortable that the modification, though not a true exemption, is going to be adequate for what the waste board needs in terms of their data collection and their monitoring of the industry and...not put an onerous burden on the retreaders.''
Mr. Leveille said the differing opinions of Mr. Brodsky and the board from the March meeting is a question of interpretation.
``Retreaders will not have to fill out a manifest per se but will be required to maintain a trip log,'' Mr. Leveille said, adding that a trip log was all retreaders had to file prior to the manifest rule's adoption last summer. ``Currently, they're re-quired to maintain manifests and trip logs.''
Mr. Leveille said TRIB is in the process of collecting information on retreaders and their locations for the board to present at its June meeting. He said TRIB expects the CIWMB to entertain a draft of emergency regulations for retreaders and then, possibly, to act on them. But he expressed optimism over the final outcome.
All indications are the waste board and its staff understand the issues, he said, ``and I have a good feeling that everyone is going to be working in good faith to resolve this problem. I don't see any potential problems.''