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TORONTO, Ont. — The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) says the trucking of Toronto’s trash to Michigan doesn’t pose any safety or environmental hazards.

“While perhaps there are waste-management issues that need to be considered – some people may be trying to make this a trucking issue and it isn’t,” says David Bradley, president of the OTA.

Bradley noted that the Michigan plan’s required 200-trucks equals about one per cent of the commercial-vehicle traffic already running the corridor.

The issue of Toronto’s trash, which had appeared to be a done deal after months of speculation, negotiation, and protest, has again be dragged under the microscope after a meeting in Toronto. Several mayors representing communities along Hwy. 401 between Toronto and Michigan showed up to voice concerns to city leaders.

The wrinkle in the new story are rumors indicating that the Mike Harris government may push to have the garbage taken by train to the Adams Mine, near Kirkland Lake.

The city originally planned to ship it there by train, but the $5-billion, five-year plan fell through at the last minute in October.

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