China's 'Green Fence’ talk of ISRI convention
Apr 15, 2013 | 06:02 PM
| Nathan Laliberte
NEW YORK U.S. scrap metal exporters are increasingly concerned about Chinas stepped-up supervision of scrap shipments to the country. While many believe that the program, commonly referred to as "Operation Green Fence," is a temporary initiative, others believe that the country will continue to strengthen its environmental regulations.
"China has a duty and a sovereign right to protect its environment and its citizens from hazardous materials," Robert Stein, president of the Bureau of International Recyclings nonferrous division and senior vice president of nonferrous marketing at St. Louis-based Alter Trading Corp., said during a speech at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries annual convention and exposition in Orlando, Fla. "These regulations come at a cost to shippers, and it adds a level of administrative oversight and burden that can, for a number of reasons, be problematic to the efficient movement of our scrap." ....
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