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Toxic Terror
Third World Network
ISBN: 983-99573-0-9
132 pages, 19x26.5cm
Third World: US$6.00
Others: US$9.00

Toxic waste dumping has been going on in the Third World for several years. Countries in the West, faced with stringent environmental laws, find it cheaper to export their wastes to poor Third World countries, than to dispose of the wastes themselves.

The Third World countries are left literally holding on to the toxic wastes, their citizens suffering health consequences and their environment destroyed.

This book gives recommendations on what Third World governments and peoples should do to minimise the risk of hazardous wastes, whether imported or locally produced.

CONTENTS

Preface

Part I THIRD WORLD AS A DUMP

Toxic waste dumping in Third World countries
Third World Network

US exports hazardous wastes to the Third World
David Weir and Andrew Porterfield

'Keep the Pacific nuclear free'
James Branch

International trade in toxic wates: Policy and data analysis
Greenpeace International

Impact of toxic wastes in Asia
Case Studies

EEC hails African about-turn on toxic wastes
Special United Nations Service

Efforts to control export of toxic wastes
Special United nations Service

Part II LESSONS FROM FIRST WORLD

A problem that cannot be buried
Time, 14 October 1985

Fleeing Love Canal
Newsweek, 2 June 1980

What to do with waste
Newsweek, 27 July 1987 Disused waste dumps are chemical time-bombs ticking away all over Germany
The German Tribune, 25 March 1986

The crisis of old waste dumps
European Environmental Bureau

Nuclear dump provokes protest in Japan
Jonathan Holliman

Part III WHAT IS TOXIC WASTE

What is hazardous waste
Consumer's Association of Penang

Examples of toxic waste
World Health Organisation

Locating and assessing soil contamination
European Environmental Bureau

Part IV LAWS AND POLICIES TO CONTROL WASTE

Laws and policies for Third World
Consumers' Association of Penang

Laws in industrialised countries
Consumers' Association of Penang

Final resolution
International Seminar 'Managing Hazardous Wastes: The Unmet Challenge'

Conclusions and recommendations
World Health Organisation

 


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