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GAO Report Correctly Calls for e-Waste Export Controls, but Misses the Mark with Recommendation on Basel Convention

August 12th, 2010

Congress released a Government Accountability office (GAO) report today – Electronic Waste: Considerations for Promoting Environmentally Sound Reuse and Recycling – that seeks to address the management and trade of hazardous electronic wastes. The report correctly urges the EPA to deal with the massive flows of U.S. e-waste, however, the report misses the mark in recommending that the EPA put forward legislation that would ratify the Basel Convention, without first prohibiting the export of hazardous wastes such as electronic waste to developing countries.

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