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5/9 Reynosa, Tamaulipas: Reynosa's Used Tire Mess

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      CITY MULLS USED TIRE MESS
      May 9, 2005
      Reynosa and Tamaulipas News


      Strewn in and around border cities, used tires are
      considered not only an eyesore but an environmental
      hazard as well. They provide breeding grounds for
      possible insect-borne diseases and sometimes catch on
      fire, releasing toxic fumes into the atmosphere. In
      2004, estimates of the number of discarded tires
      littering the northern border region of Mexico
      surpassed 10 million. Many were imported from the
      United States. Nearly 2 million of the old treads were
      dumped in Tamaulipas state alone. Now, authorities in
      the border city of Reynosa, where about 500,000 used
      tires are accumulating, say they are reviewing
      strategies to clean up the problem in their
      municipality.

      Regino Bermudez Alvear,president of the Reynosa City
      Council’s ecology commission,said at a meeting late
      last week that authorities are considering proposals
      to construct two temporary collection and transfer
      stations for used tires in his city.

      “What we are proposing are centers where trailers
      would be located and tires putin them,” said Bermudez.
      “It would be closed and cordoned off in order to
      prevent it from becoming a dump. It only will be a
      transfer center.”

      Bermudez said that the council will seek an agreement
      with the major cement company CEMEX for the final
      disposition of the tires. According to the councilman,
      CEMEX is the only entity so far that has shown
      interest in acquiring used tires.

      Mexico’s Ministry of the Environment and Natural
      Resources reached an agreement last year with national
      cement companies to promote the massive incineration
      of tires in order to recycle the old rubber and
      generate fuel used in the production of cement.

      However, the process is controversial, and some
      non-governmental groups like the Chihuahua Commission
      in Solidarity and Defense of Human Rights (COSYDDHAC)
      are protesting incineration on the grounds that it
      releases dioxin, mercury and other contaminants into
      the environment. Mexican environmental authorities
      have disputed the claims.

      Reynosa Mayor Francisco Garcia Cabeza de Vaca added
      that although CEMEX is the only company to have
      expressed interest in recycling used tires, others are
      welcome to step forward. “Whether it is one or two or
      more companies,” said the mayor. Other, unnamed
      Reynosa City Council members commented that society as
      a whole should get involved in taking urgent action to
      curb the environmental dangers posed by the used
      treads.


      Sources: La Prensa (Reynosa), May 8, 2005. Article by
      Aldo Hernandez J.  El Mexicano (Ciudad Juarez),
      September 2, 2004. Diario de Juarez, August 25, 2004.
      Article by A Loyola and O. Volchanskaya. COSSYDHAC,
      et. al,  July 2004. Letter to President Vicente Fox.
      El Sur/AFP (Acapulco), June 25, 2004.
       
       
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