Environment cited in Brazilian Supreme Court ruling on tires

Brazilian officials are optimistic that a recent Supreme Court ruling to uphold a ban on imports of used tires and retreads will end a dispute with Europe over the prohibition because it is grounded in environmental and public-health concerns. In an 8-to-1 vote, Brazil’s Supreme Court last month endorsed the government’s position that such imports create environmental and health threats by boosting the number of tires discarded in landfills and illegal dumps and creating breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes. Though the text of the decision is not slated to be released until the end of the month, a summary on the Supreme Court’s web site said the tribunal found “the importation of used tires must be prohibited because it results in... [Log in to read more]

Would you like to Subscribe?