Bill requiring registration of waste tire recycling
Harrisburg, PA— Governor
Edward G. Rendell signed legislation to better regulate waste
tire recycling facilities and force those responsible for waste
tire piles to pay for their clean up.
House Bill 1114, sponsored by
John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne), amends Act 90 of 1996 (regulating
recycling and reuse of waste tires) to require proper registration
of waste tire recycling facilities with the Department of Environmental
Protection, require permits to build or operate such facilities,
and prohibit anyone from providing whole, used, or waste tires
to a waste tire hauler that does not have valid state authorization.
The bill requires those who contribute
to waste tire piles to pay for cleanup and remediation. After
the completion of remediation activity by a grant recipient on
site, the state Department of Environmental Protection is required
to itemize the amount of grant monies expended on remediation
and to inform any party that has contributed or who owns the site
that they will have 30 days to pay the costs.
Failure to escrow such monies
will result in a waiver of all legal rights to challenge the contribution
owed. It further provides that any person or municipality who
cannot or does not pay will be subject to a judgment in favor
of the Commonwealth for the unpaid amount.
The bill also provides that actions
for the recovery of grant moneys can begin within 20 years from
the date it is discovered that the person or municipality contributed,
in any manner, to the creation of the waste tire pile.
The bill passed the House 194-0
and the Senate 49-0. The bill becomes effective on April 15.