U.S Government Accountability Office (GAO)

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We (U.S GAO) also believe that EPA’s enforcement over used CRT exports—the only electronic device currently covered by U.S. regulations—has done little to deter violations."

Meta-Actor: Government

Source Document: https://books.google.ca/books?isbn=1437909892


"In commenting on a draft of this report, EPA generally disagreed with our recommendations, stating, among other things, that (1) it did not want to build an “extensive compliance monitoring and enforcement program” around the CRT rule or any other individual provision of its broader RCRA program and (2) it preferred nonregulatory, voluntary approaches to address the problems discussed in this report. First, we (U.S GAO) disagree that an extensive program would be required to develop the basic components of an enforcement deterrent, such as enforcement targets and a plan for compliance monitoring, following up on suspected violations, and prosecuting violators. Second, our findings cast serious doubt about the effectiveness of a strategy that relies almost entirely on voluntary approaches."

Meta-Actor: Government

Source Document: https://books.google.ca/books?id=SiESe6axBC8C&pg=PA8&lpg=PA8&dq=In+commenting+on+a+draft+of+this+report,+EPA+generally+disagreed+with+our+recommendations,+stating,+among+other+things&source=bl&ots=_CsYb_fe_5&sig=-5nAVXo93quHqPiuwMDum9sQi_A&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjh3c_M1rzOAhVTlxQKHe1PAfEQ6AEIGzAA#v=onepage&q=In%20commenting%20on%20a%20draft%20of%20this%20report%2C%20EPA%20generally%20disagreed%20with%20our%20recommendations%2C%20stating%2C%20among%20other%20things&f=false


"Without commenting on Supreme's practices, some of its rivals confirm the GAO's findings that the e-waste business is rife with corner-cutting. "Ninety percent of electronics recyclers are cheaters," contends Robert Houghton, president of Redemtech, an e-waste processor in Columbus, Ohio. "This industry has a tradition of no accountability.""

Meta-Actor: Journalism

Source Document: http://www.electronicstakeback.com/2008/10/15/e-waste-the-dirty-secret-of-recycling-electronics/


We (U.S GAO) disagree. First, as EPA’s experience has shown, voluntary programs can also take years to implement—and in some cases may never attain effective broad coverage since in a voluntary scheme, the agency has no enforcement recourse against reluctant participants. Second, given the widespread willingness to export in apparent violation of EPA’s one existing electronics export regulation (the CRT rule), including some exporters’ admitting knowledge of the rule, we do not assume that the industry will voluntarily agree to adopt and adhere to broader, meaningful export controls in the absence of a broader, better enforced regulatory framework."

Meta-Actor: Government

Source Document: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d081044.pdf

Actors/Protagonists »Actors/Protagonists
U.S Government Accountability Office (GAO)
Enforcement does little to deter violations »Enforcement does little to deter violations
Scrap industry has tradition of no accountability »Scrap industry has tradition of no accountability
Voluntary programs can take just as long to implement »Voluntary programs can take just as long to implement
Voluntary guidelines can also be a lengthy process »Voluntary guidelines can also be a lengthy process
May never attain effective coverage since it is a voluntary scheme »May never attain effective coverage since it is a voluntary scheme
No enforcement recourse »No enforcement recourse
E-waste industry has poor track record, can't be trusted  »E-waste industry has poor track record, can't be trusted
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