The House gave preliminary approval Monday to a plan to see if abandoned mines can be filled with waste tires.
HB 2290 would let the state mine inspector pick three sites to place tires in the mines to close them up. Rep. Nancy McLain, R-Bullhead City, said the death of a 13-year-old girl several years ago who riding her all-terrain vehicle shows the danger of these unmarked and unprotected holes in the ground.
But Rep. Daniel Patterson, D-Tucson, said he fears that the waste from the tires will end up polluting the water. "We don't allow tires in our landfills,' he said. "I don't think we should allow them in our mines.'
Rep. Russ Jones, R-Yuma, said all the legislation does is set up a test to determine if using tires can be done safely. A final roll-call vote sends the measure to the Senate.