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Main Title Border 2012: U.S.-Mexico Border Scrap Tire Inventory. Summary Report.
CORP Author Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Office of Solid Waste.
Publisher May 2007
Year Published 2007
Report Number EPA-530-R-07-005;
Stock Number PB2007-112585
Additional Subjects Tires ; Border regions ; Land contamination ; Communities ; Disease vectors ; Fire safety ; Environmental risks ; Health risks ; United States ; Mexico ; U.S.-Mexico border region ; Scrap tire piles ; Border 2012 Environmental Program
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NTIS  PB2007-112585 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
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Throughout the U.S.Mexico border region, a significant number of scrap tire piles exist containing millions of scrap tires. It is believed that the tire piles result mainly from a robust market for partially used tires in the border region. Less expensive than new tires, these partially used tires have a short life, thereby contributing to the large accumulation of scrap tires in the U.S.-Mexico border region. Scrap tire piles pose significant environmental and health risks. Ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes, rodents, and other vectors of disease, scrap tire piles increase risks of malaria, dengue fever, West Nile Virus, and encephalitis. Further, tire piles, if they were to catch fire, are difficult to extinguish and can burn for months, emitting noxious fumes and generating liquid wastes that contaminate soil, groundwater and surface water. The health risks along the U.S.-Mexico border region are especially of concern because of the close proximity of tire piles to communities. To address this problem, the U.S. and Mexico are collaborating in implementing the Border 2012 Environmental Program. This binational program aims to protect public health and the environment in the U.S.Mexico border region within 100-kilometer on each side of the international border. A key goal of Border 2012 is for the two countries to reduce land contamination along their borders.