Not in my backyard? How about not in my country?

| Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Michigan and other states are hoping for passage of proposed U.S. legislation because it would help them regulate imported municipal solid waste from Canada.

But some trucking industry representatives say HR2491 – also called the International Solid Waste Importation and Management Act of 2005 – violates the North American Free Trade Agreement, specifically the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. The bill is stalled in Washington, DC.

A Canadian trade official, James S. Peterson, is siding with the motor carriers on the issue. Peterson recently sent a letter of support to Ontario Trucking Association President David Bradley stating the legislation is inconsistent with NAFTA, according to a report on todaystrucking.com.

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