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Scrap Tires in Ciudad Juárez and El Paso: Ranking the Risks


  • Blackman, Allen

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  • Palma, Alejandra


According to conventional wisdom, rapidly growing stocks of scrap tires on the U.S.–Mexico border pose a variety of health and environmental risks. This article assesses these risks in Paso del Norte, the border’s second-largest metropolis comprised principally of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, and El Paso, Texas. We find that air pollution from tire pile fires poses the greatest threat. Scrap tires in Paso del Norte do not contribute significantly to the propagation of mosquito-borne diseases or to shortages of space in solid waste disposal sites. The burning of scrap tires at industrial facilities is minimal and might not have significant adverse environmental impacts even if it were more common.

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  • Blackman, Allen & Palma, Alejandra, 2002. "Scrap Tires in Ciudad Juárez and El Paso: Ranking the Risks," Discussion Papers dp-02-46, Resources For the Future.
  • Handle: RePEc:rff:dpaper:dp-02-46

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    1. Blackman, Allen & Bannister, Geoffrey, 1998. "Pollution Control in the Informal Sector: The Ciudad Juárez Brickmakers' Project," Discussion Papers dp-98-15, Resources For the Future.
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    1. Thomas M Fullerton Jr, 2004. "Recent Trends in Border Economics," Urban/Regional 0405005, EconWPA.
    2. Eddie N. Laboy-Nieves, 2014. "Energy Recovery from Scrap Tires: A Sustainable Option for Small Islands like Puerto Rico," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 6(5), pages 1-17, May.

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    Scrap tires; U.S.–Mexico border; environment; health; risk assessment;

    JEL classification:

    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • O54 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Latin America; Caribbean

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