Bill to Stem Canadian Trash Clears House Subcommittee

Date: March 20, 2007

Source: News Room

Two Michigan congressmen have resurrected a bill to stem the flow of waste from Canada. The bill, which gives individual states more power to limit international waste imports until the EPA issues specific regulations, cleared a the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials. A similar bill was approved by the House last year but failed to advance in the Senate. The congressmen, Democrat John Dingell and Republican Mike Rogers hope to target at least some of the four million tons of waste entering Michigan each year. Last summer Dingell and Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin, D-Mich. reached an agreement with Ontario to voluntarily phase out waste shipments by 2010. That agreement however, failed to address commercial waste which accounts for at least half of all imports.

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