25 Oct '11, 5pm

178 Countries Support Ban on Toxic Waste Exports to Developing Countries

178 Countries Support Ban on Toxic Waste Exports to Developing Countries

BAN reports that "the deal was brokered by Indonesia and Switzerland and was strongly promoted by the developing countries, China, the European Union and Non-Governmental Organizations including Greenpeace, the Center for International Environmental Law, the NGO Platform on Shipbreaking and the Basel Action Network." The Ban Amendment will now be enforced as law when 68 of the 90 countries that were part of the 1995 convention that adopted the original amendment ratify the agreement. So far, 51 countries have already done so, and it is expected that the necessary 17 will follow suit within the next 2-3 years. "Finally, the blockade has been lifted and the Basel Ban that has been held hostage now for many years is liberated," "The Ban Amendment ensures that developing countries are not convenient dumping grounds for toxic factory waste, obsolete ships containing asbestos, o...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/10/178-countries-sup...

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