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Trash Suit

Posted on 29th July 2010 at 07:45

A lawsuit has been filed in federal court in Spokane to prevent garbage from being shipped from Hawaii to a landfill in the Eastern Washington town of Roosevelt, transferred from ship to ground transport at the Port of Longview. The lawsuit was filed yesterday by the Yakama Nation and several environmental groups against the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which approved plans for shipments of plastic-wrapped bales of waste. The plaintiffs say that a full environmental review should have been done, saying that there’s a threat of contamination by exotic species from the tropical trash. The first shipment of trash is scheduled to leave Oahu tomorrow, and it’s unclear at this time if the suit will prevent that shipment. An attorney for the plaintiffs says that they expect a hearing this week on a request for a temporary restraining order. The first shipment had been scheduled for July 8th, but that was put off when punctures and tears were found in a number of bales. Officials with Hawaiian Waste and the federal government say those bales will be re-wrapped before they’re shipped.