IT is not enough for the Delhi government to amend the waste disposal laws to check the danger of radioactive waste affecting the citizens of the capital. There is need for the Union government to adopt and implement a stringent policy that will involve screening of waste scrap as it is imported through our major and minor ports.
It is not only Indians who work in the scrap industry who are in danger. Actually the smelted material recast into steel items of everyday use like bicycles, umbrellas, elevator buttons poses a danger to people across the world. According to one report, out of the 123 shipments of contaminated goods that were denied entry to U. S. ports since screening began in the wake of Nine Eleven by the US Homeland Security department, 67 originated in India.