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ASSOCIATION BACKS U.S. ACTION AGAINST ONTARIO'S PROTECTIONIST TAX

ASSOCIATION BACKS U.S. ACTION AGAINST ONTARIO'S PROTECTIONIST TAX
 WASHINGTON, July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The Aluminum Association issued the following:
 The Aluminum Association today supported the U.S. Trade Representative's decision to retaliate against Ontario's protectionist 10 cent tax on totally recyclable aluminum cans.
 "The need to resort to retaliation is unfortunate," said M. Barry Meyer, the association's vice president of government affairs. "But the increased duties are the only way left to tell Ontario to remove its barrier to open trade."
 The Ontario beer can tax was levied May 25. With Canadian beer sold mostly in bottles and U.S.-exported beer packaged exclusively in aluminum cans, which are environmentally equal, the tax was clearly aimed at U.S. beer and aluminum can sales.
 The tax's "environmental" credentials are especially dubious since Ontario currently recycles 88 percent of its aluminum cans -- one of the highest rates in the world. And its recyclers profit because of the high value of recycled aluminum.
 In fact, a recent study by Franklin Associates, a leading firm specializing in municipal solid waste issues, shows aluminum cans produce less solid waste than bottles in Ontario and are their equals in terms of energy use, air emissions and water effluents.
 The Aluminum Association and its members sincerely hope that the government of Ontario will take a close look at the unjustifed economic hardship the aluminum can tax is creating on both sides of the border and move quickly to rescind it.
 The association's member companies are domestic producers of primary and secondary aluminum and semi-fabricated aluminum products. Member companies operate 300 plants in 40 states.
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 /CONTACT: Yvonne Beeler of the Aluminum Association, 202-862-5161/ CO: Aluminum Association ST: District of Columbia IN: MNG SU:


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