AB 1647 (Gordon) - Tires
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Support. Passed the legislature with bipartisan support and signed by Governor Jerry Brown!
AB 1647 steps up enforcement on unpermitted waste tire facilities that are operating illegally and undermining California’s environmental goals.
Tire recyclers and processors have been reporting an increasing number of waste tires that are being sent to unpermitted facilities. The tires are then loaded into cargo containers and hauled to California ports, reportedly in overweight trailers, where they are shipped overseas. Recent investigative journalism in Australia has shown that tires that are marked as being destined for Vietnam, are off-loaded to trucks and then ferried overland to China (in violation of Chinese law which prohibits the import of tires). They are subsequently burned in small kilns for fuel and oil byproducts.
According to some accounts, legitimate California tire recyclers, processors and tire-derived product manufacturers have noticed a 50% drop in waste tire flow and tire feedstocks. Several recyclers claim that they might not be able to stay in business if they have to compete with illegal bailing operations. The diversion of tires from domestic recycling to combustion overseas also has a significant impact on the state’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and increase the recycling of waste tires.
CalRecycle, the lead regulatory agency for tire facilities, has significantly increased enforcement on these illegal facilities and the tire haulers who deliver to them, issuing several Notices of Violations, Cease and Desist Orders, and Cleanup and Abatement Orders. Nonetheless, these unpermitted facilities have been able to abuse the lengthy statutory and regulatory enforcement timelines to continue to operate unabated and undercut California’s permitted tire recycling businesses.
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