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USDA Announces No Significant Impact on Interstate Movement of Hawaiian Garbage

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WASHINGTON, May 27, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced its finding that the interstate movement of garbage from Hawaii to a landfill in the state of Washington will have no significant impact regarding the possibility of introducing plant or animal diseases.

Prepared in response to a request to allow the interstate movement of garbage from Hawaii to three existing ports on the Columbia River, the environmental assessment documents APHIS' review and analysis of the potential environmental impacts associated with the movement of palletized or containerized baled municipal solid waste via barge and the transfer and transportation of waste via truck or rail to the landfill.

Based on the finding of no significant impact, companies can sign compliance agreements with the states of Hawaii and Washington and begin moving the regulated garbage.

The importation and interstate movement of municipal solid waste is regulated by APHIS in order to protect against the introduction into and dissemination within the United States of plant and animal diseases.

This notice is published in today's May 27 Federal Register.


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