News Release from the office of Senator Carlos Uresti

May 20, 2009
Mark Langford at 512.463.0119

Senate passes scrap tire bill for Maverick County

AUSTIN — The Texas Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed a bill by Sen. Carlos Uresti that will allow Maverick County to regulate the disposal of used tires.

The illegal disposal of scrap tires has become a major problem for Maverick County and the city of Eagle Pass, where tires are being dumped in vacant properties, alleys and bodies of water.

"Scrap tires arenít just an eyesore. They pose a significant threat to public health and the environment," Uresti said. "Improperly discarded tires attract and harbor mosquitoes, rodents and other disease-carrying pests. And if set on fire, a scrap tire pile can be difficult to extinguish, causing air and water pollution."

Statewide, Texas produces 24 million scrap tires per year. The lack of a program to address used tires has led to illegal disposal problems and health hazards, particularly in Maverick County.

Senate Bill 2574, sent to the House on a vote of 30-0, allows county commissioners to require the owners or operators of tire repair and used tire businesses to obtain a license or permit from the county and to impose a scrap tire disposal fee.

Uresti said the fee will help prevent illegal dumping while allowing tire operations to directly handle administrative and tire removal expenses.

Carlos Uresti is the senator from State Senate District 19 representing over 750,000 residents throughout a 23 county area stretching along the U.S.-Mexico border, from San Antonio to El Paso County, including all or part of the following: Bandera, Bexar, Brewster, Culberson, Crockett, El Paso, Edwards, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Kinney, Loving, Maverick, Medina, Pecos, Presidio, Real, Reeves, Sutton, Terrell, Uvalde, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler counties. Covering 55,000 square miles, the district contains 62 school districts and spans two time zones.