Phillips Advances IEPA-Backed Used Tire Safety Initiative


State Representative Reggie Phillips Monday won unanimous House approval of an environmentally-friendly initiative to ensure used and waste tire storage facilities in our communities are run in a safe and responsible manner. House Bill 3819 is backed by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA). It ensures that prior to issuing a waste tire storage permit; the IEPA will determine whether the prospective owners/operators have a history of responsible management for such facilities.
 
“This is a public safety issue for our communities,” Representative Phillips explained. “Large scrap tire storage facilities, if not responsibly managed, are not only an eyesore, they can be a serious source of pollution. They can also shelter vermin and be very dangerous places for children who are attracted to the opportunity to climb and play among the tires,” Representative Phillips said. “The legislation we advanced this week simply helps ensure that those applying to operate large scrap tire storage and processing facilities have experience and a good track record with this type of business.”
 
Specifically, House bill 3819 directs the IEPA to evaluate applicants’ prior environmental management experience before issuing a used or waste tire storage permit. The agency may deny a permit to anyone who has been convicted of a felony or certain other crimes, has a history of violating environmental laws, or has shown incompetence or carelessness handling, storing or transporting waste tires or other regulated materials.
 
Having passed the House on unanimous vote, Phillips’ House Bill 3819 now advances to the Senate for concurrence.
 

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