Brazil has sent 46.6 tons of contraband waste from American hospitals back to the U.S., Fox News reports.
Customs agents intercepted the container of waste along with 14 other containers of “suspicious” materials in October at the port of Suape in the northeastern state of Pernambuco, Fox reports.
The hospital waste consists of used syringes, bedding, hospital masks and tubes bearing the logo of U.S. hospitals. All 15 of the containers originated from the same South Carolina exporter and were being sent to a textile company that Anvisa, Brazil’s health monitoring agency, suspects of violating national waste policy, Fox reports.
The contents of the shipment were listed as being defective cotton fabric, Fox reports.
In February last year, the EPA ordered two companies to properly dispose of computer waste they attempted to illegally export from Minnesota to Vietnam.
The EPA alleged that the companies attempted to export hundreds of computer monitors to Vietnam for disposal, through the Port of Seattle and imposed a $31,600 penalty against the companies for violating federal hazardous waste laws.
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