Hawaiian Waste Systems plans to send trash across Pacific and up Columbia River to a landfill just north of the Washington-Oregon border.
After four years of review, a shipment of trash from Hawaii could be shipped across the Pacific and up the Columbia River to a landfill just north of the Washington-Oregon border as early as Friday.
The Yakama Nation and environmental groups are still trying to stop the shipment.
Today the Yakama and others filed a federal lawsuit and said they plan to file injunctions that could quickly block the shipments, which they said would be the first from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland.
The suit contends that the U.S. Department of Agriculture didn’t properly consult the Yakama tribes and bands or adequately evaluate the potential for invasive species escaping from up to 150,000 tons a year of compressed, baled and plastic-wrapped municipal garbage, a potential threat to crops and natural areas.
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