Senate Bill 380: DEFINES TIRE BURNING AS RENEWABLE ENERGY
Passed through the Energy Committee but defeated on the main floor last night in 17-26-6 vote!
Senate Bill 380 amends the Illinois Power Authority Act (20
ILCS 3855/1-10) by expanding the definition of “renewable energy
resource” and its associated “renewable energy credit” to include tire
Tire burning is not renewable energy. Renewable energy
is produced from natural resources that do not pollute the air, water or
land such as energy produced from: solar, wind, biomass (fibrous
vegetation) and the earth’s thermal heat.
Tires contain known
carcinogens and poisons such as arsenic and benzene. Burning tires
releases highly toxic dioxins as well as sulfur dioxide and carbon
dioxide into the atmosphere.