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Stockholm, Sweden (UPI) Jun 7, 2012
A Swedish industry association said the country may have to start importing waste from other countries to keep its power plant incinerators in operation.
Swedish Waste Management said the 30 waste-to-energy incinerators in the country currently burn about 6.06 million tons of garbage each year, and planned expansions indicate the country would have to start importing 1.76 million tons of garbage from other countries each year to keep them in operation, The Local.se reported Thursday.
Catarina Ostlund, a spokeswoman for the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, said officials have come concerns about importing garbage.
"We've been very clear in our national waste plan. Reuse, materials recycling, and waste reduction are what we've called for," she said.
However, Ostlund said incinerating the garbage may be a better plan than leaving it in a landfill.
"The trash that is left in a landfill isn't put to any good use," she said.
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Wildlife groups sue US over lead bullets
Washington (AFP) June 7, 2012
Seven US conservation groups on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, accusing the government of failing to regulate the use of toxic lead bullets in hunting. Lead bullets have been shown to fragment upon impact, leaving bits behind in carcasses that other animals scavenge. The practice can cause lead poisoning in species such as the endangered California cond ... read more
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