The maquiladora program allows Mexican laborers to work in American factories operating in Mexico. This program was specifically designed to generate employment and stimulate industry in Mexico. After a brief discussion of the current status and significance of the maquiladora industry, this Article explains the procedures for the transborder shipment of hazardous waste from Mexico to the United States, a hallmark of the maquiladora program. The authors analyze these procedures in light of anticipated regulatory and economic trends in the region. The analysis includes a discussion of the issue of commingled waste, as well as how NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) will impact Mexico's environmental policies. The authors conclude that the maquiladora program has a prosperous future, despite the hazardous waste issues that threaten the health of the industry.
Victoria L. Engfer, Gilbert A. Partida, Thomas C. Vernon, Alejandro Toulet & David A. Renas,
By-Products of Prosperity: Transborder Hazardous Waste Issues Confronting the Maquiladora Industry,
San Diego L. Rev.
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