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 • 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 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 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 • 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? • 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? • 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? • 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 • 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 • 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
Market Development Transportation Cost The Same but Different • TDF • Civil Engineering • Rubberized Asphalt
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 • 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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