Right. I am a Mexican. I laughed when I read the summary's Mexico's cash-strapped hospitals (copied straight from TFA)... Yes, our public health care system is cash-strapped. Our private hospitals? I don't think a first-world hospital has much to offer than what we do here. Although the article mentions very poor regions in Guerrero state (South), I really doubt the described case happened there.
This says a lot about the state of the health care system in the USA, but as a US citizen who has traveled to Mexico for medical care at a private hospital, I can say that the quality of care and the cost were far better than what we could get here in the states. My wife and I traveled to Mexicali to have an elective surgery performed by a doctor who was one of the top surgeons in the world for this particular procedure, and the cost of flights, hotels, a "mini vacation" in Baja California, plus the hospital bill was LESS than our insurance deductible had we stayed in the US. I train pre-nursing students for a living, and am very familiar with our health care system, and I'll just say that I was very impressed with the whole experience. We even had a chance to meet many folks from California who traveled across the border regularly for routine procedures, including one family who told us that they drive all the way from Los Angeles every 6 months for dental checkups. I admit I'm very ignorant of Mexico's public hospital system, but when you have a whole "medical tourism" industry that attracts a steady steam of patients from the states, does not speak well of the current health care system in the US...
...I can't help but wonder if the orgs that were customers of Brundage will have any certifications they gained by using his recycling business revoked and if they will be fined for not meeting attainment goals retroactively.
I would certainly hope not. I am responsible for small scale hazardous waste collection at my workplace - mostly metals like lead and cadmium as well as toxic organic compounds - and I can say that the process of disposal is heavily documented with a clear paper trail. When the waste is picked up and removed from the premises by the waste contractor, I have to certify that each container holds what the label says it does, then once the waste has been treated I get mailed a manifest certifying that it has been safely transported to the processing facility and properly disposed of. So long as I've correctly identified the waste (say, I haven't tried to pass off a mercury compound as some other metal) once I receive the paperwork stating that the contractor has done their part, I'm legally off the hook as to what happens to the waste, since without actually observing the processes at their facility (and being able to understand what I'm seeing) I have no choice but to take it on good faith that the waste was treated legally.
I am a computer. I am dumber than any human and smarter than any administrator.