Intercon, BAN e-waste shipping spat continues

Jul 29, 2011 | 04:42 PM | Sean Davidson

Tags  Intercon Solutions, Basel Action Network, Cathy Pilkington, Jim Puckett, e-cycling, e-waste, Sean Davidson

NEW YORK — Shipping documents obtained by Intercon Solutions Inc., which stands accused of sending hazardous electronic waste to Hong Kong, show that the company did not ship the containers in question, the company told AMM Friday.

The company has chosen to conceal the identity of the actual shippers due to a possibility that the shipment was never hazardous. Shipping documents classified the material as metal scrap, Intercon’s attorney, Cathy Pilkington, told AMM.

Basel Action Network (BAN), the organization that made the allegations, told AMM that the new documents, which it had not yet received, would do little to change its position.

In response to the allegations by BAN—an independent watchdog group that is not authorized by the Basel Convention it promotes—the Chicago Heights, Ill.-based company obtained a court order to obtain documents detailing who shipped the material.

Pilkington said the shipping documents received from CGA CGM (America) LLC, Norfolk, Va., revealed the identity of the shippers: two apparently unrelated companies that are neither freight forwarders nor customs agents, as BAN had suggested. ....

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