Toxic Trade News / 19 July 2006
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Colombia bars entry of toxic, nuclear waste
by People's Daily Online (Beijing,China)
19 July 2006 – Colombia's Environment Minister Juan Lozano Ramirez announced on Tuesday that Colombia had passed a resolution banning nuclear waste and refuse hazardous for human health from entering its territory.

While Colombia allows the import of toxic waste under the Basel Treaty, the new measure stipulates that "dangerous residues will not be importable unless there are assurances that there is an industrial process which eliminates all risks to the life and health of Colombians," said Lozano Ramirez.

"Let it be clear to everyone: under no circumstances will we allow Colombia to become a graveyard for toxic waste. The door is completely closed and this resolution confirms it," Lozano said.

Colombia will demand the observance of all international agreements under the Basel Convention to "ensure the total transparency and technical perfection of this process," the minister added.

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