Government leaders are fretting over a plan to import millions of tons of U.S. household trash to a dump in northwest England.
One lawmaker said in Thursday's debate in Parliament that the United States should look into disposing its waste in its own deserts rather than in Britain. Legislator Chris Taylor said he feared creating the 130-foot-high dump on 390 acres in his home constituency of Warrington could introduce U.S. crop diseases into the area."Who would pick up the bill if the Colorado beetle infected the Cheshire potato crop?" he asked.
Americans should find a place "in their deserts, perhaps, to deal with their own garbage, rather than add to our own environmental problems," said Taylor of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's governing Conservative Party.