Canadian trucking company has been charged with illegally transporting
medical waste for dumping in a county landfill in Michigan, The
Associated Press reports.
news is likely to boost U.S. criticism of those who truck Canadian
trash into Michigan. State and national legislative efforts have
focused on limiting the volume of Canadian trash exported to the
County prosecutors filed charges against Milton, Ontario-based
Garcha Transport Ltd. and two of its drivers. The company was
the subject of a joint Department of Environmental Quality-U.S.
Customs investigation into waste hauling across the Sarnia/Port
Huron Blue Water Bridge.
county's assistant prosecutor, Mark Richardson, told news agencies
inspectors found numerous loose bags spilling out with syringes,
bloody gauze, bloody medical gowns, IV tubing, bloody gloves and
waste, which was being hauled to the Pine Tree Acres landfill
near New Haven, MI, came from Toronto-area hospitals.
law requires medical waste to be in secure containers and that
non-decontaminated medical waste be separated from other waste.
Canadian trash accounts for about 40 percent of the waste at Pine
Transport owner Paul Singh has been fined $1,000 for the misdemeanor