Paving Projects Passed Senate Environmental Quality Committee

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Sacramento, CA - AB 513 by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) that increases funding to cities and counties for transportation projects that utilize environmentally friendly Rubberized Asphalt Concrete passed the Senate Environmental Quality Committee with bipartisan support. The bill also increases grant funding to local governmental agencies, such as regional park districts that include access for people with disabilities and bike trails.

Rubberized Asphalt Concrete (RAC) is a road paving material that combines waste tires and asphalt binder to create a strong and durable product that successfully recycles tires. RAC not only benefits the environment by reducing the number of tires that are landfilled or burned each year,  but it also provides more durability than regular asphalt and reduces road noise by around five decibels.

In California, about 23.4 million waste tires are landfilled, exported, or burned each year. If not managed correctly, these waste tires pose a threat to California’s environment, public health, and safety. Stockpiled waste tires are a major fire risk and are an ideal breeding ground for mosquitos and other rodents, which carry many diseases.

“It is imperative, as legislators, that we create solutions to problems that Californians are facing,” said Assemblymember Frazier. “AB 513 will help all Californians by effectively recycling tires and also by providing better roads.”

To contact Assemblymember Jim Frazier please visit his website at http://www.asmdc.org/members/a11/ or call his District Offices at 707-399-3011 or 925-778-5790.

CONTACT: Amy Warshauer, 916-319-2011, Amanda.Warshauer@asm.ca.gov