- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana regulators are suing a Port Allen waste tire recycling company to recoup money paid for 46 million pounds of recycled tires beyond what had been preapproved by the state.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1HR5gbC ) the Department of Environmental Quality filed the lawsuit Tuesday in state court in Baton Rouge.

The agency is seeking the reimbursement of $3.4 million from Environmental Industries Recycling Inc.

The lawsuit alleges the company received the payments for shredded waste tires delivered to the parish-owned Tangipahoa Regional Solid Waste Facility during the period of 2008-2013.

The lawsuit said the company was paid $5 million from the waste tire fund for 66 million pounds of shredded tires. The DEQ is seeking repayment of a portion of that money it says the company was overpaid.

Company owner Buddy Dupuy said in a statement that delivers were “in accordance with the regulations, EIR’s permit and the landfill’s two permits as a solid waste facility and a qualified recycler.”

Dupuy said the situation is one in which DEQ and the company representatives just need to sit down and talk it out.

“All the answers are there. All the documentation is there,” Dupuy said.

The waste tire program is meant to keep old tires out of landfills by having them shredded or chipped and then reused for preapproved projects such as playgrounds. Materials used for the projects are eligible for a payment of 7.5 cents per pound. Money to pay the businesses comes from the fee customers are charged when their used tires are replaced.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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