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Tire Wear Toxins in the Media

Tire wear toxins have been making headlines mores often. Here’s where you can find links to some of the most recent news stories, scientific articles, and different media sources mentioning tire wear toxins.


Feds to investigate tire chemical implicated in mass salmon deaths, but urgent action needed, environmental groups react

Article Source: Ecojustice

Article Date: May 7, 2024

VANCOUVER/UNCEDED xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (MUSQUEAM), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (SQUAMISH) AND səlilwətaɬ (TSLEIL-WAUTUTH) TERRITORIES – Environmental groups are encouraged by the federal government’s decision to grant their request to prioritize the tire chemical 6PPD for assessment, an important first step towards regulating this toxic chemical. Read more


The Overlooked Environmental Challenge Posed by EV Tire Wear

Article Source: TireReviewsandMore

Article Date: May 6, 2024

As the automotive world transitions towards electric vehicles (EVs), a new environmental concern emerges, highlighted by Grist: tire pollution. Despite the reduction in tailpipe emissions, EVs contribute to a substantial but often overlooked issue. Annually, cars shed nearly nine pounds of tire material each, cumulatively amounting to six million metric tons globally. This form of pollution is especially significant in regions with higher rates of personal car use. Read more


Indoor climbing wall users may be breathing in toxic rubber dust

Article Source: NewScientist

Article Date: May 3, 2024

Climbers and workers at indoor climbing walls may be breathing in large doses of potentially toxic rubber additives, according to a study reporting that the air and dust in climbing centres contain high levels of rubber particles from the soles of climbing shoes. Read more


Tire toxins deadly for salmon found in Vancouver Island creeks

Article Source: Nanaimo Bulletin

Article Date: April 30, 2024

One might think rainfall would be a blessing for the salmon population, but over the past number of years it’s become deadly with road runoff draining toxic chemicals into the water. 6PPD-quinone is a chemical used to prevent tires from breaking down – it’s also fatal for coho salmon following exposures lasting only hours according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Read more


Tire toxicity faces fresh scrutiny after salmon die-offs

Article Source: CBS News

Article Date: April 23, 2024

For decades, concerns about automobile pollution have focused on what comes out of the tailpipe. Now, researchers and regulators say, we need to pay more attention to toxic emissions from tires as vehicles roll down the road. At the top of the list of worries is a chemical called 6PPD, which is added to rubber tires to help them last longer. When tires wear on pavement, 6PPD is released. It reacts with ozone to become a different chemical, 6PPD-q, which can be extremely toxic — so much so that it has been linked to repeated fish kills in Washington state. Read more


Article Source: U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association

Article Date: March 29, 2024

A global consortium of 30 tire manufacturers, mobilized by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (“USTMA”), and representing the world’s largest tire companies, has released a Stage 1 Alternatives Analysis (“AA”) report for 6PPD in tires in accordance with California’s Safer Consumer Product Regulations (“SCPR”). Read more


Legislation by California Assembly Member Diane Papan to Safeguard Salmon and Steelhead Trout from Lethal Storm Water Contaminant Approved by Committee

Article Source: Sierra Sun Times

Article Date: March 23, 2024

On Tuesday, legislation to protect California’s iconic salmon and steelhead trout authored by Assembly member Diane Papan (D-San Mateo) was approved by the Assembly Committee on Transportation with a bipartisan vote. The S.A.L.M.O.N Act (Stormwater Anti-Lethal Measures for Our Natives Act), would mandate the development and implementation of a regional strategy by the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to eliminate 6PPD from stormwater discharges into specified salmon and steelhead trout-bearing surface waters of the state. Read more


VIU researchers investigating origins of toxic tire chemical that can kill salmon

Article Source: Chek News

Article Date: March 20, 2024

A study being done at VIU in Nanaimo hopes to shed more light on what effect toxins from vehicle tires are having on salmon in our rivers. Dean Stoltz has more. Watch here


Catching a killer: Environmental sleuths solve the mystery of dead coho in Courtenay’s Piercy Creek

Article Source: The Discourse

Article Date: March 20, 2024

On May 27, 2021 volunteers with the Millard Piercy Watershed Stewards came upon a startling scene: 65 dead juvenile coho salmon inside a collection box used to temporarily stall and count the fish on their journey to the ocean. Read more


Debate Heats Up as Tire Companies Argue Over Responsibility for Aquatic Pollution

Article Source: https://theubj.com/

Article Date: March 13, 2024

A group of prominent tire manufacturers are currently facing legal action regarding their contribution to environmental damage, specifically for using a chemical in their tire production process that is toxic to fish populations. The defendants in the lawsuit — which include Michelin, Goodyear, Bridgestone, and 10 other firms — are attempting to have the case dismissed, claiming they cannot be held responsible for pollution that transpires years after the release of their products into the market. Read more


Permeable pavements could protect fish by trapping car tire chemicals

Article Source: https://www.cheminst.ca

Article Date: March 2024

Permeable pavements show promise for adsorbing car tire particles and their associated chemicals, and could be more widely used to keep these contaminants from harming coho salmon. Read more


VIU research lab at the centre of a large-scale project to detect toxic chemical in Vancouver Island streams

Article Source: https://news.viu.ca/

Article Date: March 12, 2024

As rain and atmospheric rivers fall on Vancouver Island the seasonal weather also brings the possibility of a toxic chemical entering urban streams from nearby roadways. Vehicle tires release a chemical known as 6PPD-quinone that is acutely toxic to salmon at extremely low levels. This chemical can flow into storm drains and urban streams when it rains. Researchers at Vancouver Island University (VIU), in collaboration with the BC Conservation Foundation (BCCF), are studying the issue. Read more


Salomon bill to protect salmon from toxic chemical passes House, Senate

Article Source: https://senatedemocrats.wa.gov/

Article Date: March 1, 2024

OLYMPIA – Legislation to protect salmon populations from a toxic chemical passed the House Thursday. Senate Bill 5931 would designate all 6PPD containing motor vehicle tires a priority consumer product under the Safer Products for Washington Act, empowering the state Department of Ecology to do a review of tires containing the chemical and develop regulatory action. Read more


Washington State Department of Ecology proposes new and updated limits for toxics in water

Article Source: https://www.khq.com/

Article Date: February 15, 2024

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Ecology is proposing an update of the criteria of toxics allowed in the state’s waters, also known as the aquatic life toxics criteria. Read more


Groups urge federal government to investigate tire chemical implicated in mass salmon deaths

Article Source: https://ecojustice.ca/

Article Date: February 6, 2024

Ecojustice, on behalf of Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Watershed Watch Salmon Society, and Pacific Salmon Foundation, has formally requested the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Steven Guilbeault, prioritize 6PPD for investigation, in light of emerging research linking the chemical commonly used in tires to mass die-offs of coho salmon. Read more


Microplastic Pollution From Tires Found in Air Near Roadways

Article Source: https://www.thelocalvoice.net/

Article Date: January 29, 2024

Two University of Mississippi researchers have been investigating what happens when the rubber meets the road, and their results have led to a published paper. James Cizdziel, professor and interim chair of chemistry and biochemistry, and Boluwatife Olubusoye, a second-year doctoral chemistry student from Lagos, Nigeria, studied the increase and possible effects of the microscopic particles shed by tires near major roadways. Read more


Permeable pavements could reduce coho-killing tire pollutants

Article Source: https://news.wsu.edu/

Article Date: January 25, 2024

PUYALLUP, Wash. — The pore-like structure of permeable pavements may help protect coho salmon by preventing tire wear particles and related contaminants from entering stormwater runoff, according to a Washington State University study. Read more


Testers find tire toxin lethal to salmon in coho-bearing Saanich stream

Article Source: https://www.oakbaynews.com

Article Date: January 19, 2024

Waterway stewards hope the discovery of lethal levels of tire toxins in a salmon-bearing stream in Saanich will spur residents to get involved in both bio filtration and policy-making. As part of routine testing, volunteers with Peninsula Streams Society found 6PPD-quinone (6PPD-Q) in Gabo Creek, a salmon-bearing tributary of the Colquitz River Watershed. Read more


Toxin linked to tire wear found in water samples from Colquitz tributary

Article Source: https://www.timescolonist.com

Article Date: January 17, 2024

The Peninsula Streams Society says “lethal levels” of a toxin linked to tires have been found in a local waterway. Known as 6PPD-Quinone or 6PPD-Q, the substance was detected in water samples taken by volunteers in Gabo Creek, a salmon-bearing tributary of the Colquitz River, the society said. Read more


Scientists worldwide are immersed in studies of a deadly tire chemical

Article Source: https://www.eopugetsound.org/

Article Date: January 9, 2024

A tire-related chemical found to kill coho salmon and other fish has come under intense worldwide investigation ever since Puget Sound researchers isolated the singular compound three years ago from among thousands of pollutants residing in stormwater. Read more


Salomon introduces bill to protect salmon from toxic chemical

Article Source: https://myedmondsnews.com

Article Date: January 9, 2024

Sen. Jesse Salomon, a 32nd District Democrat, has introduced legislation to protect salmon populations from a toxic chemical found in car tires. Senate Bill 5931 would expedite Department of Ecology review and regulation of the toxic chemical 6ppd-quinone. Ecology would determine initial regulatory actions by June 2025 and adopt rules to implement those regulations by June 2026. Read more


UBC-led initiative protects salmon against toxic road runoffs

Article Source: https://news.ubc.ca/

Article Date: December 14, 2023

The roads, bridges and highways that crisscross B.C. take us where we want to go. Unfortunately, they also help leak a toxic chemical shed by car tires—6PPD-quinone—into B.C.’s waterways, posing a serious threat to salmon habitats. A collaborative project led by UBC and its partners is working to identify and mitigate these toxic hot spots. Read more


‘Toxic’: Greater Victoria water stewards tackle tire toxins in Bowker Creek

Article Source: https://www.oakbaynews.com/

Article Date: November 29, 2023

When heavy rains hit Greater Victoria, a handful of volunteers scurry out of their homes during various stages of the storm to gather water samples from Bowker Creek. Read more


Volunteers to Monitor Campbell River’s Creeks for Toxins from Roadways

Article Source: https://www.campbellrivermirror.com/

Article Date: November 28, 2023

Volunteers are helping monitor Campbell River waterways for toxins. Haley Tomlin, a BC Conservation Foundation (BCCF) Fisheries Biologist, met with six Campbell River volunteers at Simms Creek on Thursday, Nov. 23 to train them to participate in a 6-PPDQ monitoring program. Read more


Fishing groups sue tire-makers over toxic chemical that kills salmon

Article Source: https://www.gloucestertimes.com/

Article Data: November 23, 2023

West Coast fishing groups filed a federal lawsuit earlier this month against 13 of the largest tire manufacturers in the U.S., alleging the companies are illegally killing or harming endangered salmon and oceangoing trout by the use of toxic chemicals in their products. Read more


Electron Hydro to pay $1 million Clean Water Act penalty for 2020 artificial turf, tire crumb discharge into Puyallup River

Article Source: https://www.epa.gov/

Article Date: November 21, 2023

SEATTLE (November 21, 2023) — The U.S Environmental Protection Agency announced today that Electron Hydro, LLC, and its Chief Operating Officer, Thom Fischer, have agreed to pay a $1,025,000 civil penalty for major violations of the Clean Water Act stemming from the illegal installation of thousands of yards of artificial turf at a construction project at the Electron dam and the subsequent release of hundreds of yards of the turf and the crumb rubber it contained into the Puyallup River in the summer of 2020. Read more


Tires are saving us — and killing us, too

Article Source: https://www.theverge.com/

Article Date: November 17, 2023

According to researchers at Imperial College London, our cars and trucks emit 6 million tons of tire wear particles every year, transportation detritus that goes into the air, the land, and the water. That’s a massive figure that ignores the nearly 250 million tires that are disposed of annually in North America, roughly half of which are burned. Read more


Stream watchers fear chemical found in tires killed salmon in West Vancouver creek

Article Source: https://www.cbc.ca/

Article Date: November 11, 2023

Stream watchers in Metro Vancouver say they were shocked to find more than 40 dead coho salmon along the banks of a creek on the North Shore. The West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society said there are concerns the dead fish found near Brothers Creek were caused by urban runoff, specifically a compound found in tires. Read more


US moves to regulate tyre chemical that was found to have killed salmon

Article Source: https://www.chemistryworld.com/

Article Date: November 9, 2023

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun the process of regulating 6PPD, a common chemical found in car tyres that was responsible for the mysterious death of salmon in the American Northwest in 2020. In response to a petition by three Native American tribes, the agency plans to finalize the rule by the end of 2024, and it will require manufacturers and importers of 6PPD to provide copies of unpublished health and safety studies to the EPA, among other things. Read more


Commercial fishing groups sue 13 US tire makers over rubber preservative that’s deadly to salmon

Article Source: https://apnews.com/

Date of Article: November 8, 2023

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The 13 largest U.S. tire manufacturers are facing a lawsuit from a pair of California commercial fishing organizations that could force the companies to stop using a chemical added to almost every tire because it kills migrating salmon. Read more


Saving salmon and gas money — ‘Don’t Wait to Inflate’ encourages regular tire maintenance

Article Source: https://nwasianweekly.com/

Article Date: September 29, 2023

A new initiative, “Don’t Wait to Inflate,” is encouraging drivers to take a simple yet impactful step toward safer roads and cleaner waterways, by checking their tire pressure monthly and adding air if needed. Read more


Tire Dust Makes Up the Majority of Ocean Microplastics, Study Finds

Article Source: https://www.thedrive.com/

Date of Article: September 28, 2023

When contemplating the emissions from road vehicles, our first thought is often about the various gases coming out of the tailpipe. However, new research shows that we should be more concerned with the harmful particles that are shed from tires and brakes. Read more


Rubber plumbing seals can leak additives into drinking water, study says

Article Source: https://phys.org/

Date of Article: September 6, 2023

As drinking water flows through pipes and into a glass, it runs against the rubber seals inside some plumbing devices. These parts contain additives that contribute to their flexibility and durability, but these potentially harmful compounds can leak into drinking water, according to a small-scale study in Environmental Science & Technology Letters. The authors report that the released compounds, which are typically linked to tire pollution, also transformed into other unwanted byproducts. Read more


California Requires Tiremakers to Look for Safer Alternatives to Chemical that Kills Coho Salmon

Article Source: https://dtsc.ca.gov/

Article Date: July 26, 2023

SACRAMENTO – To protect California’s environment and public health, the state Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has adopted a rule that requires manufacturers of motor vehicle tires for sale in California to evaluate safer alternatives to 6PPD, a chemical that helps reduce tire cracking and extends the useful life of tires. Read more