Covering Louisiana

Aug 4, 2014 11:09 AM by AP

Audit criticizes handling of waste tire program

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An audit says the Department of Environmental Quality hasn't properly collected fees in a program designed to keep tires from being dumped illegally.

The review was released Monday by the legislative auditor.

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 DEQ monthly.

The audit says those businesses paid DEQ late in many instances and didn't always file required reports, with no repercussions. Only one of 1,045 delinquent companies received a fine in the 2013 budget year, according to the audit.

In its response, the department said most data cited in the auditor's report pre-dates a series of improvements made to the program.

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