Senate Addresses Used-tire Accumulation Problem amid Zika Scare
SAN JUAN – The Puerto Rico Senate approved a bill Monday that seeks to improve the handling of emergencies related with the accumulation of used tires, following concerns that used-tire repositories have become breeding grounds for mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue, chikungunya and Zika.
House Bill 2670 aims to amend the Adequate Management of Tires Act, specifically a clause in the law that established a special emergency fund to address the accumulation of used tires.
“In practice, no money has been allocated to this special fund,” the bill’s statement of purpose reads. Instead, all the money, an undisclosed amount, has been kept in another fund, dubbed Fund for the Adequate Management of Disposed Tires.
If the bill is signed, resources from the latter fund could be used for emergency purposes if the Environmental Quality Board deems it necessary, and would allow the hiring of specialized personnel and equipment to handle the emergency.
The upper legislative chamber also approved Senate Resolution 789, which orders the Treasury and Tourism Committees to investigate current measures to spur the economic and cultural development of San Juan’s Santurce district, as well as recommend the necessary amendments to turn the sector into a “creative city.”
The Senate floor also received the final report of Senate Resolution 441, which ordered the Education Committee to launch a study into the services given to special education students.
The Senate recessed its work until Wednesday morning, in which it will recognize the achievements of Major League Baseball player for the Houston Astros and American League Rookie of the Year, Carlos Correa.