UK ‘will take back toxic waste found in Brazil’

Author: By Rosa Silverman, Press Association

The Agency said it was aware that over 80 containers of waste had allegedly
been illegally exported from the UK to Brazil.

Plans are now being made to bring the rubbish back, although the process could
take a number of weeks, it said.

Those responsible could face prosecution, the Agency warned.

Head of waste Liz Parks said the waste was currently being held by Brazilian
authorities.

She told the BBC: “They haven’t yet released it, as far as I’m aware. But
arrangements are being made for that to happen. And it will take a number of
weeks for the waste to be returned.”

The Environment Agency has launched an investigation into the case and to
determine if an offence has been committed.

A spokesman said: “The UK is completely against illegal trade of any kind and
has taken a strong global lead to stamp out the illegal trade in waste in
order to protect the environment and human health.

“Where the Environment Agency detects or is made aware of the illegal export
of waste, it works with all relevant partner authorities to ensure the
environmentally sound management of any illegal shipments – including the
possible return of wastes to UK.

“If any company is found to have contravened the strict controls on the export
of waste as set out by the Basel Convention, the Environment Agency will not
hesitate to take enforcement action.”

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