orders tire recycler to reduce risk of fire
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
has ordered Consolidated Tire Recyclers, Inc., which operates
a tire recycling facility in Mecca, California, to remove excess
stockpiled tires and improve fire prevention or face fines of
up to $7,500 per day.
Located within the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians Reservation,
the tire recycling facility primarily sells crumb rubber as fuel
to a power generation plant.
The EPA’s order supports the Tribe’s action when it issued Consolidated
Tire Recyclers a Notice of Violation and Order to Comply, requiring
the facility to better manage the tires at its facility.
The unilateral order, issued under the authority of the federal
Resource Conservation & Recovery Act, follows a facility
visit in which EPA, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Tribe
found an estimated 90,000 tires to be an imminent fire risk.
On May 17, 2011, a fire broke out at the facility but was contained
to a shredded tire piping system.
The EPA Administrative Order against Consolidated Tire Recyclers
sets a schedule to reduce the risk of fire, including:
- Cease receiving waste tires.
- Properly store tires, including reducing the size of its
- Remove its waste tires currently stored at a site located
across the street.
- Remove all flammable materials from tire pile areas.
- Upgrade the fire suppression system.