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Agenda: Scrap Tire Issues in the California-Baja California Border Region

This workshop aimed to bring local, State, federal environmental officials from the U.S. and Mexico; tire recyclers, retailers, and associations; fire departments; tribal representatives; other stakeholders, and interested parties together to discuss scrap tire issues along the border region.

Date and Location

Thursday, September 6, 2007
Holiday Inn
National City, California


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  • Rosalie Mulé, Member, California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB)
  • Tomas Torres, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Michael Blumenthal, Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA)

Panel I: Overview of Scrap Tire Issues in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region and the California-Baja California Border Region

Moderator: Paul Ganster, San Diego State University (SDSU)


  • Rosalie Mulé, CIWMB Member
  • Alexandra González Narro, Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales
  • Enrique Villegas, Secretaría de Protección al Ambiente de Baja California

Panel II: Processing Scrap Tires and Markets for Scrap Tires

Moderator: Michael Blumenthal, RMA


  • Richard P. Colyar, Columbus-McKinnon--Processing Scrap Tires
  • Terry Leveille, TL and Associates
  • *Balvino Vidal, Federación de Llanteros de Baja California, Baja California Sur y Parcial de Sonora

Panel III: Business Approach/Financing of Scrap Tire Projects

Moderator: Calvin Young, CIWMB


  • Mario E. Vázquez Valles, Border Environment Cooperation Commission / Comisión de Cooperación Ecológica Fronteriza (BECC/COCEF)
  • Michael Blumenthal, RMA

Discussion Roundtables

  • Tire Tracking Systems in California and Baja California: Marta Kravech, CIWMB
  • Tire Fires in California and Baja California: Tomas Torres, EPA
  • Disposal, Alternative Markets: Michael Blumenthal, RMA (This roundtable was the only one broadcasted)
  • Civil Engineering Applications in California and Baja California: David Mascareño, Geocim

Moderator/Leader: Paul Ganster, SDSU


Last updated: September 10, 2007
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