A few weeks ago, New York City and Virginia state politicians got into a widely publicized spat over the delivery of New York’s trash to Virginia landfills. Virginia Governor James Gilmore has proposed placing a cap on the amount of trash brought in over state lines, but the waste management industry says trash is a commodity and can only be regulated by Congress. Federal legislation to give states more say in the trash trade has failed in Congress many times. A panel talks about the politics of the trash trade.


  • Allen Blakey Spokesman for Environmental Industry Associations
  • Diane Shea Associate legislative director for the National Association of Counties
  • William Rathje Professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona at Tucson and author of "Rubbish"

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