REPORT TITLE:
Motor Vehicle Tire Surcharge


DESCRIPTION:
Establishes a program to regulate disposal of motor vehicle
tires.  Imposes $1 surcharge on imported tires to be deposited
into the environmental management special fund for tire
management, collection, disposal, recycling, marketing, reuse,
and illegal dumping prevention programs.  Exempts importers of
less than 50 tires per year.  Requires importers to maintain tire
inventory records.  (CD1)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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THE SENATE                              S.B. NO.           S.D. 2
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                H.D. 2
STATE OF HAWAII                                            C.D. 1
                                                             
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                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT

RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE TIRES.


BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 1      SECTION 1.  Chapter 342I, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
 
 2 amended by adding ten new sections to part II to be appropriately
 
 3 designated and to read as follows:
 
 4      "342I-A  Registration and record keeping requirements.  (a)
 
 5 All facilities that accept used tires, including but not limited
 
 6 to tire retailers, wholesalers, transporters, collectors, and
 
 7 recyclers, shall maintain, for a minimum of three years, records
 
 8 that provide, at least, the following information:
 
 9      (1)  The name, phone number, and address of the person,
 
10           company, business, source, or entity from whom the used
 
11           tires were received, if receiving used tires from
 
12           entities other than the general public, such as tire
 
13           retailers, wholesalers, transporters, collectors, and
 
14           recyclers;
 
15      (2)  The date of receipt of the used tires;
 
16      (3)  The quantity of used tires received; and
 
17      (4)  The record of shipment indicating the:
 
18           (A)  Ultimate destination of the used tires;
 
19           (B)  Identification of the transporter;
 
20           (C)  Date of shipment; and
 

 
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 1           (D)  Quantity of tires shipped.
 
 2 Permitted municipal solid waste disposal facilities, including
 
 3 incineration facilities that receive used tires incidental to the
 
 4 disposal of municipal solid waste, shall be exempt from the
 
 5 recordkeeping requirements of this section.
 
 6      (b)  A summary of the information maintained under
 
 7 subsection (a) shall be submitted to the department by July 31 of
 
 8 each year, listing the total quantity of used tires collected and
 
 9 the ultimate disposition of the used tires.
 
10      (c)  By September 1, 2000, all importers operating within
 
11 the State shall register with the department, using forms
 
12 prescribed by the department, and shall notify the department of
 
13 any change in address.  After September 1, 2000, any person who
 
14 desires to conduct business in this State as an importer shall
 
15 register with the department no later than one month prior to the
 
16 commencement of the business.
 
17      (d)  All importers shall maintain records reflecting the
 
18 importation of tires.  The records shall be made available, upon
 
19 request, for inspection by the department.
 
20      342I-B  Motor vehicle tire surcharge.  There is established
 
21 a motor vehicle tire surcharge on tires imported into the State
 
22 after September 30, 2000, and before January 1, 2006.  The motor
 
23 vehicle tire surcharge shall be $1 per tire imported into the
 
24 State and shall include those tires imported on motor vehicles,
 

 
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 1 and their associated spare tires.  Motor vehicle rental companies
 
 2 may subtract the number of tires on motor vehicles that are
 
 3 exported from the State when calculating the motor vehicle tire
 
 4 surcharge.  The surcharge shall be paid by the person or entity
 
 5 who imports the tires, including importers of motor vehicles.
 
 6      342I-C  Tire inventory records and payment.  (a)  Payment
 
 7 of the motor vehicle tire surcharge shall be made quarterly based
 
 8 on inventory records of the importers except for those importers
 
 9 subject to subsection (c) or (d).  The dates September 30,
 
10 December 31, March 31, and June 30 represent the end of each
 
11 quarter period.  All importers shall submit to the department
 
12 documentation in sufficient detail that identifies the number of
 
13 tires imported into the State during the previous quarter.
 
14      (b)  The amount due from the importers for the quarter shall
 
15 be equal to the number of tires provided in subsection (a)
 
16 multiplied by the motor vehicle tire surcharge of $1.  Payment
 
17 shall be made by check or money order payable to the "Department
 
18 of Health, State of Hawaii" and shall be deposited into the
 
19 environmental management special fund as provided in section
 
20 342I-D.  All subsequent inventory reports and payments shall be
 
21 made no later than the last day of the month following the end of
 
22 the previous calendar quarter, except for those importers subject
 

 
 
 
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 1 to subsection (c) or (d).
 
 2      (c)  An importer who imports fewer than fifty tires within a
 
 3 one-year period shall be exempt from payment of the surcharge.
 
 4      (d)  An importer who imports fifty or more tires, but fewer
 
 5 than or equal to two hundred tires, shall be permitted to provide
 
 6 a report and payment of the surcharge annually, with year ending
 
 7 December 31, rather than quarterly.
 
 8      342I-D  Deposit into environmental management special fund.
 
 9 The surcharge collected pursuant to this part shall be deposited
 
10 into a special account in the environmental management special
 
11 fund established by section 342G-63.  All interest earned or
 
12 accrued on moneys deposited in the fund pursuant to this section
 
13 shall become part of the account.  Moneys from this special
 
14 account may be used by the department to:
 
15      (1)  Support permitting, monitoring, and enforcement
 
16           activities, including personnel costs regarding used
 
17           tire management, collection, recycling, and disposal
 
18           facilities;
 
19      (2)  Promote improved market development and reuse
 
20           opportunities for recovered motor vehicle tires;
 
21      (3)  Promote tire recovery, recycling, and reuse in the
 
22           State through education, research, and demonstration
 
23           projects;
 

 
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 1      (4)  Implement the surcharge program under this part;
 
 2      (5)  Support programs to prevent illegal dumping; and
 
 3      (6)  Clean up improper tire disposal sites including
 
 4           conducting related environmental assessments and
 
 5           remediation.
 
 6      342I-E  Recovery of costs.  (a)  Any costs incurred and
 
 7 payable from the fund as a result of tire cleanups and associated
 
 8 environmental assessments and remediation shall be recovered by
 
 9 the attorney general, upon the request of the department, from
 
10 the liable person or persons.  The amount of any cost that may be
 
11 recovered pursuant to this section for a tire cleanup and
 
12 associated assessment and remedial action paid from the fund
 
13 shall include the amount paid from the fund and legal interest.
 
14      (b)  Moneys recovered by the attorney general pursuant to
 
15 this section shall be deposited to the special account of the
 
16 environmental management special fund.
 
17      (c)  Any action for recovery of response costs shall
 
18 commence within two years after the date of completion of all
 
19 response actions.
 
20      342I-F  Contract for administrative services.  The
 
21 department may contract the services of a third party to
 
22 administer the motor vehicle tire program under this part.
 
23      342I-G  Entry and inspection of facilities.  The department
 

 
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 1 or other authorized party may enter and inspect any building or
 
 2 place, according to law at a reasonable time, for the purpose of:
 
 3      (1)  Investigating an actual or suspected violation of this
 
 4           part;
 
 5      (2)  Conducting reasonable tests;
 
 6      (3)  Taking samples; and
 
 7      (4)  Reviewing and copying records.
 
 8      342I-H  Enforcement.  The department of health shall
 
 9 enforce this part.  Authorized employees of the department may
 
10 issue warnings, citations, or administrative orders, or commence
 
11 civil action in circuit court against persons who fail to comply
 
12 with the requirements of this part.
 
13      342I-I  Penalties.  (a)  For each violation of this part, a
 
14 violator shall be subject to a penalty of not more than $10,000
 
15 for each separate offense.  However, the failure to post the
 
16 notice required under section 342I-23, following a warning issued
 
17 by an authorized employee of the department, shall be subject to
 
18 a fine up to $1,000 for each separate offense.  Each day of each
 
19 violation shall constitute a separate offense.  The fines imposed
 
20 pursuant to this section shall be cumulative.
 
21      (b)  Remedies shall be by citations, by civil action, or as
 
22 provided under sections 342H-10 and 342H-11.
 
23      342I-J  Disposition of collected fines and penalties.
 

 
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 1 Fines and penalties collected under this part shall be deposited
 
 2 into the environmental response revolving fund established by
 
 3 section 128D-2."
 
 4      SECTION 2.  Section 342I-21, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
 
 5 amended by adding three new definitions to be appropriately
 
 6 inserted and to read as follows:
 
 7      ""Facility" means all contiguous land, including buffer
 
 8 zones and structures or other appurtenances and improvements on
 
 9 the land, used for the handling of used tires.
 
10      "Import" means to buy, bring, or accept delivery of tires,
 
11 from an address, supplier, or any entity outside of the State,
 
12 into the State and includes the tires on motor vehicles brought
 
13 into the State.
 
14      "Importer" means any person or entity who imports tires,
 
15 including the tires on motor vehicles imported into the State."
 
16      SECTION 3.  In codifying the new sections added to part II
 
17 of chapter 342I, Hawaii Revised Statutes, by section 1 of this
 
18 Act, the revisor of statutes shall substitute appropriate section
 
19 numbers for the letters used in the designation of the new
 
20 sections in this Act.
 
21      SECTION 4.  New statutory material is underscored.
 
22      SECTION 5.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2000.