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Posted May 2nd, 2011

EPA Lets Electronic Waste Flow Freely, GAO Report Says

EPA Lets Electronic Waste Flow Freely, GAO Report Says

The Government Accountability Office concluded in a report released on September 17th 2008 that the Environmental Protection Agency has done little to control the export of electronic waste to developing countries. These discarded electronics contain extremely hazardous waste which can damage the physical environment as well as public health in general.

The report was commissioned by the House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman. The issue was the EPA’s failure to curb the export of hazardous electronic waste, which often is sent to China, India, and other countries. In these developing countries, the used computer equipment is dismantled in conditions that harmful to the health.

U.S. authorities have yet to develop a national plan for handling the electronic waste even though these piles of equipment are growing. Americans are in need of safe recycling and disposal options in order to keep away toxic materials such as lead, mercury, and cadmium from our environment.

 

Click to read the entire article on washingtonpost.com about the GAO’s report on the EPA

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