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E-M:/ More on WTO Negotiations and Water-Related Services



Here's more on the matter of the World Trade Organization
and negotiations to cover water/environmental related services
and other aspects of information from the leaked WTO negotiation
documents on European Community demands on the United
States....   I have a Wall Street Journal article also but I won't
circulate that on the list.

Water/waste services
http://www.citizen.org/trade/wto/gats/articles.cfm?ID=9237

environmental protection...restrictions on oil drilling and pipelines
http://www.citizen.org/trade/wto/gats/articles.cfm?ID=9235

Leaked WTO negotiation document demands on the United States
from the European Community
(most recent 34 page leaked document) [there are also sections
in this that relate to water transport]
http://www.citizen.org/documents/usa.pdf

More general background on this issue....
http://www.citizen.org/trade/wto/gats/#108

All the efforts to restrict transboundary trash from Toronto to Michigan
would likely be prohibited if these EC demands were met

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Here's the section of the leaked document European Community
demands relating to environmental services.....

ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
EC REQUEST TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
This request is based on the EC proposal for the classification of environmental
services. While discussions on classification in this sector are still ongoing, the EC
would like to invite USA to present its offer in accordance with this proposal, without
prejudice to the outcome of the discussion on the classification of environmental
services:
A. WATER FOR HUMAN USE & WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT
Water collection, purification and distribution services through mains, except
steam and hot water.
This sub-sector only concerns the distribution of water through mains’ (i.e. urban
sewage systems). This excludes any cross-border transportation either by pipeline or
by any other means of transport nor does it imply access to water resources.
Extend sectoral coverage to include the above services.
- Mode 3: Take commitments under MA and NT.
- Mode 4: Commit as referred to in the section ‘Horizontal commitments’.
Waste water services (CPC 9401)
Remove limitation of commitments to services contracted by private industry
B. SOLID/HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT
Refuse disposal services (CPC 94020)
Remove limitation of commitments to services contracted by private industry.

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Some limited press coverage of this issue....

AP March 31:http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/business/5513291.htm

Newhouse, March 27:
http://www.pennlive.com/search/index.ssf?/base/business/1048761222157870.xml?pennbiz

Salt Lake Tribune, March 16:
http://www.sltrib.com/2003/Mar/03162003/business/38387.asp

For a Washington DC contact at Public Citizen on this matter
contact
Chris Slevin (202)454-5140

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