Michigan opponents of Canadian waste imports have found a new arrow for their quiver, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. U.S. officials are concerned about a potential security threat from Canadian (including Toronto) garbage. An audit conducted by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security revealed illegal drugs, currency and medical waste in trucks carrying Toronto waste to Michigan landfills.
The audit requests that U.S. border czar Deborah Spero conduct a risk analysis and develop minimum requirements for selecting and inspecting trucks carrying Canadian municipal solid waste. Local politicians have already stated that it’s unrealistic to think that enough garbage trucks can be effectively searched to prevent a serious security breach, and that this is reason enough to ban the cross-border waste traffic.
The audit was conducted at U.S. Customs and Border Protection head offices in Washington, the ports of Detroit and Port Huron and at three waste transfer stations in the Greater Toronto Area.