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