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
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
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.
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