Michigan’s efforts to slow the flow of Canadian waste into state landfills could benefit from a measure proposed in Congress that would gives states the authority to regulate the shipment of international municipal solid waste. The concept recently won approval from a House panel.
The bill would also require the federal government to implement an existing agreement with Canada on garbage. Michigan’s congressional delegation has repeatedly asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to enforce a 1992 treaty that requires Canada to notify the United States of waste shipments. Under the agreement, the U.S. can decline the shipments for environmental and other reasons.