preserves scrap tire markets
The United States Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) announced a rulemaking that will preserve scrap
tire markets and ensure the success of scrap tire management
advocacy by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA).
The rule allows annually generated scrap tires that are removed
from vehicles to be used as fuel by an industrial facility. Cement
kilns, pulp and paper mills and electric utilities are the major
users of tire derived fuel.
In its proposed rule, EPA recommended that annually generated
tires be processed to remove the metal before being considered
a fuel under the Clean Air Act. However, that provision would
have merely increased the energy consumption, air emissions and
costs associated with delivering tire derived fuels to industrial
customers without any environmental benefit.
RMA recognizes that EPA is still requiring processing of whole
tires removed from historical scrap tire stockpiles. RMA continues
to encourage EPA to consider a more expansive definition of processing
to allow these whole tires to be combusted as tire derived fuel.
RMA continues to evaluate the final rule for additional insights
and impacts on the tire industry.