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Border 2012 U.S. – Mexico Environmental Program. US/Mexico Border Scrap Tire Update Thirteenth Legislative Forum. Monterrey, N. L., Mexico. May 12, 2006. Miguel I. Flores, Director Water Quality Protection Division U.S. EPA Region 6. US/Mexico Border. Border 2012.

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border 2012 u s mexico environmental program

Border 2012U.S. – Mexico Environmental Program

US/Mexico Border Scrap Tire Update

Thirteenth Legislative Forum

Monterrey, N. L., Mexico

May 12, 2006

Miguel I. Flores, Director

Water Quality Protection Division

U.S. EPA Region 6

border 2012
Border 2012
  • Bottom-up, regional approach
  • Local decision-making, priority-setting, and project implementation
  • Announced in September 2002 at a meeting among ten border states environmental authorities
border 2012 goals
Border 2012 Goals

Goal 1: Reduce Water Contamination

Goal 2: Reduce Air Pollution

Goal 3: Reduce Land Contamination

Goal 4: Improve Environmental Health

Goal 5: Reduce Exposure from Accidental Chemical Releases and Terrorism

Goal 6: Improve Environmental Performance

goal 3 reduce land contamination
Goal 3: Reduce Land Contamination

Objective 3: By 2010, clean up three of the largest sites that contain abandoned waste tires in the US/Mexico border region, based on policies and programs developed in partnership with local governments

legislative forum questions
Legislative Forum Questions
  • Which tire piles will be cleaned up?
  • By when will they be cleaned up?
  • What will the source of funding be?
which tire piles will be cleaned up
Which tire piles will be cleaned up?
  • INNOR in Mexicali – 425,000 removed (100%)
  • El Centinela – ~900,000 of 1,500,000 tires removed (61%)
  • Cd. Juarez – ~720,000 of 4.5 million tires removed (16%)
  • Other communities are also beginning to remove tires
by when will they be cleaned up
By when will they be cleaned up?
  • INNOR in Mexicali – Completed
  • El Centinela – Complete by 2006
  • Cd. Juarez – Unknown, but at current rate could be at least another four years
what will the source of funding be
What will the source of funding be?
  • In Region 9 $262,000 spent in tire clean up (labor and trucks)
  • SEMARNAT contributed much in-kind
  • EPA funds capacity building and demonstration projects
  • Eagle Pass pays $1/passenger tire and $2/truck tire to dispose
  • CEMEX in Monterrey is taking around 15,000 tires per month
  • Need to leverage dollars by forming private-public partnerships to come up with regional solutions
  • NADBank
recent wpf activities
Recent WPF Activities
  • September 2004: Mexico/U.S. Workshop on Waste in Cd. Juarez
  • January 2005: First Waste Policy Forum meeting in Tijuana
  • March 2005: Waste Policy Forum meeting in Tucson, AZ
  • February 2006: Second Waste Policy Forum meeting in Monterrey
  • April 2006: Waste Policy Forum meeting in Ensenada, Mexico
  • May 2006: RCC Border Scrap Tire Meeting in San Diego, CA
results
Results
  • 2004 US/Mexico Bi-national Commission signed a Letter of Intent to develop a border scrap tire strategy
  • Through the combined efforts of EPA, SEMARNAT, regional waste task forces, affected states, and Tribes over 2.1 million tires cleaned up
  • Including 34,000 tires on the Pala Band of Mission Indians
the same but different
Market Development

Transportation Cost

The Same but Different
  • TDF
  • Civil Engineering
  • Rubberized Asphalt
nuevo laredo hazardous waste collection program16
Nuevo Laredo Hazardous WasteCollection Program

Nuevo Laredo Hazardous Waste Collection Program – 25,200 kg of solid waste and 34,000 liters liquid waste collected and disposed of from July 2005 to March 2006

additional information
Additional Information
  • Border 2012 webpage:

http://www.epa.gov/usmexicoborder

  • RMA border webpage:

http://www.rma.org/scrap_tires/US_Mexico_Border_Issues/

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