How environmentally destructive are the Maquiladores in Northern Mexico?



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    Most of the environmental concerns revolve around toxic waste disposal.  The La Paz Agreement mandates that hazardous waste created by United States’ corporations to be transported back to the U.S. for disposal, some companies avoid paying disposal costs by dumping toxins and other waste into Mexico’s rivers or deserts – only 91 of the 600 maquiladoras located along the Texas-Mexico border have returned waste to the United States since 1987.  Some maquiladoras lack proper waste management facilities and the ability to clean up disposal sites. 

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