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For Immediate Release:
May 14, 2012
Media Contact:
Marta Martinez-Aleman


Vice Chairwoman Edmonson to host second Scrap Metal Task Force meeting

Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson will host the second meeting of the Miami-Dade County Scrap Metal and Copper Wire Theft Task Force charged with combating the rise of scrap metal and copper wire theft on May 18, 2011 at 2 p.m. at the Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 N.W. First Street, 2nd floor conference room, in Downtown Miami.

The task force includes representatives of government, law enforcement and the industry. The task force chairperson is Miami-Dade County Police Lt. Denise Bernhard and Denise M. Carreño from Bob’s Recycling serves as vice chairperson.  The State Legislature has allowed Miami-Dade County to amend its scrap metal ordinance through July 1, 2013 in order to allow the task force to complete its work.

The task force, created by legislation sponsored by Vice Chairwoman Edmonson, will formulate recommendations to the Miami-Dade County Commission on the enforcement of ordinances regulating junk dealers and scrap metal processors. In January, Vice Chairwoman Edmonson spoke before the State Senate Community Affairs Committee in support of a bill which creates additional restrictions on regulated metal transactions, making it more difficult for secondary metals recyclers to purchase regulated metals, including copper, which may have been obtained illegally.  In March, the State Legislature adopted higher penalties for secondary metal recyclers who buy stolen copper and other metals without proper documentation.  It preempts new but grandfathers existing ordinances.