ERJ staff report (DS)
Washington DC -- The US-based Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) has said a new scheme proposed by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), "would devastate the tyre-derived fuel market in the US which will ripple across the entire scrap tyre market infrastructure,"
After decades of EPA-sanctioned use as a supplemental industrial fuel, EPA is proposing now to declare whole scrap tyres a solid waste. The new designation would require facilities using whole tyre-derived fuel (TDF) to add costly new emission controls that would not be required to burn traditional, less efficient fuels.
The RMA said current consumers of TDF would switch away from TDF to other fuels, which could drive scrap tyres into landfill, stockpiles and illegal dumps.
Tracey Norberg, RMA senior vice president said, "EPA should reconsider this deeply flawed, anti-environment, anti-business and anti-common sense proposal,"
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Press release from RMA