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WAC 173-350-350 - Waste tire storage and transportation

Agendas and meeting notes from the advisory committee on section 350 on the WAC 173-350 rulemaking.

WAC 173-350-350 - Waste tire storage and transportation

Ecology staff lead: Isaac Standen 

Work group members
Name Organization
Gary Smith Auto Recyclers of Washington
Dick Nordness Northwest Tire Dealers Association
Chris Kitchen Ashgrove Cement
Robert Vantuyl Ashgrove Cement
Pat Dunn Les Schwab
Dean Large Washington Refuse and Recycling Association
Jim Sells Washington Refuse and Recycling Association
Mark hope Tire disposal and recycling
Christopher M. Piercy Kitsap county public works, solid waste division, and Northwest Product Stewardship Council
Nina Baston Walla Walla County Code Enforcement
Rick Dawson Benton-Franklin Health District
Steve Skinner Lewis County Public Works
Dan Watts Tacoma pierce county health department
Trooper T. Giddings WA State Patrol
John Sheerin Rubber Manufacturers Association

Focus: A work group began meeting in late 2014. The work group will address several issues, including: 
  • The definition of a waste tire is currently limited to tires that are in whole, unaltered form. The work group will consider including waste tires in altered forms (cut in half, shredded, baled). 
  • Distinguishing between a waste tire and a waste tire product can be problematic. For example, accumulations of baled products that do not go to market become wastes again. 
  • The work group will consider whether turnover in the volume of tires in altered forms (baled, shred, cut) stored on site should be a criteria for delineating between waste tires being stored and product destined for market. Some portions of the section will be merged or clarified. 
Update: The work group has completed its task and made recommendations. The work group also made recommendations regarding permitting requirements for indoor storage facilities. Draft language will be shared with the public this spring. Please send questions to w2rrulemaking@ecy.wa.gov

Late update: 
  • All weight units will be in tons instead of pounds. 
  • Indoor storage (in enclosed buildings and structures, but not in mobile containers) of more than 8 tons of waste tires would be regulated as waste tire storage facilities under WAC 173-350-350. Since indoor storage is proposed to be included under the regulation of WAC 173-350-350, there is proposed language for design standards of indoor storage based on fire code (reference: International Fire Code section 903.2.9.2 , section 3206.1 , and section 3409.1). 
  • Due to an update in fire code, there will be some changes to outdoor waste tire storage design standards (reference: International Fire Code Section 3405.1 to 3405.7). 
  • Waste tire storage has remained in section 350, while waste tire transportation has been moved into and entirely new section 355. Operating standards have been revised to fit a new standardized language format that will be consistent with several sections throughout the rule. 
  • Since the department of revenue has taken over the role of issuing licenses to waste tire carriers and storage facilities from the department of licensing, the pertinent portions of the waste tire storage and transportation sections will be updated to reflect this change. The department or revenue revises their own fee schedule periodically. Because of this, the fees for waste tire storage licenses, waste tire carrier licenses, waste tire carrier cab cards, and the refundable amounts thereof will be referenced generically instead of actual dollar amounts written in the rule as before. 
Work group meetings and notes
July 9, 2015, 10 a.m. - noon, Ecology Northwest Regional Office, Bellevue  Dec. 18, 2014 10 a.m. - noon, Ecology Headquarters, Lacey.