The United Kingdom’s Environment Agency has reportedly charged nine people under the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations of 2007 with illegally dumping electronic waste (e-waste) in Ghana and Nigeria. After a two-year investigation by the agency’s Environmental Crime Team, the nine have been charged for allegedly making large sums of money from exporting the e-waste to West Africa, thereby avoiding the cost of recycling the electronics in the U.K. According to reports, the investigation leading to the charge is part of an increased effort in the U.K. to prevent the export of hazardous waste to underdeveloped countries where it may be dismantled by those unaware of the potential for exposure to elements in waste computers, cell phones and other e-waste. See, October 18, 2010.