- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Another critical audit into the state’s Department of Environmental Quality’s Waste Tire Management Program has been released.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1H1wJaD) an audit released Monday concludes a previously mentioned problem still hasn’t been addressed.

Louisiana residents pay a fee when they buy new tires to help cover the cost of disposal of old tires. The business that sells the tires is supposed to submit a report and the money to the Department of Environmental Quality each month. An audit released in April 2014 had said the department hadn’t properly collected fees from the businesses.

The recent audit says the monitoring to make sure tire processors aren’t overpaid continues to be inadequate.

Problems with the program may have contributed to the departure of the department’s undersecretary, Vincent Sagnibene, who had his appointment from the governor withdrawn in April.

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

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