|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Fri, 22 Jun 2012 14:46:59 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] SHIPBREAKING: Toxic U.S. ships sent to Indian beaches for "breaking"|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Basel Action Network June 22, 2012U.S. Ship Disposal Policy Called "Shameful' following Export of 'Exxon Valdez' and 'Delaware Trader' to Indian Beaches
Obama Administration Ignores U.S. Law, Poisons Asian Workers, While Exporting Good U.S. Jobs
Seattle, WA – A U.S. flagged tanker called the "DELAWARE TRADER" was cleared by the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) for scrapping on the notorious shipbreaking beach of Alang, India. It is expected to arrive in India within the next days. The authorization and export of the toxic ship comes on the heels of the recent Indian Supreme Court ruling which barred the U.S. built EXXON VALDEZ (now called ORIENTAL NICETY) from landing at Indian shipbreaking beaches due to suspected hazardous materials, such as asbestos and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), used in the ship's construction. The EXXON VALDEZ is thought to be currently anchored off Mumbai, India. India's top court, international law and U.S. law will be tested once again when the DELAWARE TRADER soon arrives in India for breaking.
Shipbreaking at Alang takes place under extremely dangerous and polluting conditions where workers labor on tidal sands to cut ships up by hand, exposing themselves to the risks of toxic chemicals, fires, explosions and falling steel plates. Pollutants are allowed to flow unimpeded into the marine environment. Meanwhile U.S.-based ship recyclers as well as environmental organizations such as the Basel Action Network, are wondering why the U.S. is allowing what is very likely to be illegal exports instead of recycling the ships at home and providing good American jobs.
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For more information, see http://www.ban.org/ -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <email@example.com> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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