Cincinnati considers stricter rules on scrap metal

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- Cincinnati would have some of Ohio's toughest rules on scrap metal dealings under a proposal supported by several city council members.

It's aimed at reducing thefts of metal sold to make money. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports people who regularly recycle metal at a city scrapyard would have to undergo a criminal background check and pay $100 or more for an annual license.

A council committee heard Tuesday from more than two dozen commenters, including some who say they sell scrap metal to pay for food and other expenses. A recycling business representative testified that scrappers said in a survey they'd take their business outside Cincinnati if the regulations pass.

The proposal appears to have support from enough members to pass the full council next week.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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