|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Fri, 29 Jun 2012 21:23:30 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] SHIPS: Lawsuit challenges SINKEX|
For Immediate Release Center for Biological Diversity June 28, 2012 Suit and Petition Filed to Challenge Ship SinkingsSEATTLE - The U.S. Navy's "Great Green Fleet," joined by 22 friendly nations, will fire on and sink three inactive U.S. naval warships this summer off the coast of Hawaii during the Rim of the Pacific ("RIMPAC") war games. Because of the toxic contamination this will cause, conservation groups have filed a complaint over the Navy’s exemption from the laws regarding disposal of toxic waste. But the ship-sinking exercises are going forward.
Based on documentation of known contaminants found in more than 100 ships sunk by the Navy over the past 12 years, the ships are contaminated with toxic heavy metals and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Sinking - instead of recycling - these ships will send toxic chemicals into the marine environment and needlessly deprive the U.S. ship recycling industry of both resources and jobs.
The deliberate sinking of the vessels is part of a target-practice ship-disposal exercise known as SINKEX (sinking exercise). This year’s operation will be the first such ocean dumping of old ships since the chief of naval operations placed a moratorium on SINKEX in 2011, and the first since the Sierra Club and Basel Action Network (BAN), represented by Earthjustice, filed a formal complaint against the EPA for continuing to allow the ocean dumping of toxins on SINKEX vessels.
... For the entire release, seehttp://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2012/ sinkex-06-28-2012.html
-- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope Street, Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650-961-8918 or 650-969-1545 Fax: 650-961-8918 <email@example.com> http://www.cpeo.org_______________________________________________
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