Great Lakes Environmental Directory Great Lakes Great Lakes environment Great Lakes grants exotic species water pollution water export drilling environment Great Lakes pollution Superior Michigan Huron Erie Ontario ecology Great Lakes issues wetlands Great Lakes wetlands Great Lakes Great Lakes environment Great Lakes watershed water quality exotic species Great Lakes grants water pollution water export oil gas drilling environment environmental Great Lakes pollution Lake Superior Lake Michigan Lake Huron Lake Erie Lake Ontario Great Lakes ecology Great Lakes issues Great Lakes wetlands Great Lakes Resources Great Lakes activist Great Lakes environmental organizations Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat air pollution alien species threatened rare endangered species ecological Great Lakes information Success Stories Great Lakes Directory Home/News Great Lakes Calendar Great Lakes jobs/volunteering Search Great Lakes Organizations Take Action! Contact Us Resources/Links Great Lakes Issues Great Lakes News Article About Us Networking Services

Great Lakes Article:

Canada failing to inform U.S. of trash imports


Associated Press
03/18/2002

WASHINGTON -- Canada has not been notifying the Environmental Protection Agency of garbage shipments coming into the United States as required by a 10-year-old agreement, according to a report requested by Representative John Dingell.

The EPA would have 30 days after being notified of Canadian trash imports to object or place conditions on the shipment under the Agreement Between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States Concerning the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Waste. Canada has the same authority over waste being imported from the United States.

The agreement was signed in Ottawa on Oct. 28, 1986, to establish procedures for the export of hazardous waste. It was amended in 1992 to include other municipal solid waste.

But the Canadian government has never notified the EPA of any garbage shipments and the United States has never protested, according to the Congressional Research Service, which investigated the agreement at Dingell's request.

"Ten years of neglect and noncompliance with this important bilateral agreement is outrageous," Dingell, (D-Dearborn), wrote in a letter to EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman. "I call upon you to act immediately in the best interests of the citizens of Michigan and withhold consent for Canadian municipal solid waste unless the affected local governments and the governor approve."

EPA spokesman Dave Ryan said the agency was reviewing the issue but was not ready to respond. Dingell's staff did not know whether the United States has been in compliance with the agreement, or whether the United States has exported trash to Canada.

Michigan imported 3.6 million tonnes of trash last year, a 27 per cent increase over 2000, according to the DEQ figures. About half comes from Canada and the other half from other states.

Michigan will get even more trash from Canada next year as Toronto begins sending all of its garbage across the border. In 2003, about 137 garbage trucks a day will go through Southwestern Ontario on their way to Michigan. Now, 85 garbage trucks travel that route.

This information is posted for nonprofit educational purposes, in accordance with U.S. Code Title 17, Chapter 1,Sec. 107 copyright laws.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for
purposes of your own that go beyond "fair use," you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


Great Lakes environmental information

Return to Great Lakes Directory Home/ Site Map