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03 Sep 08. Environmental advocates said Sept. 3 they would go to the courts in a
bid to stop an asbestos-contaminated French aircraft carrier from being broken up in Britain. The 32,700-ton Clemenceau, once the pride of the French navy, has spent the past five years being moved around the globe as officials tried to find a final resting place for the vessel, which contains 700 tons of asbestos. The 51-year-old vessel was towed to India in a failed bid to have it dismantled there before it was announced in July that it will be scrapped by British company Able UK in Hartlepool, northeast England, after it was granted a waste
management license by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Iris Ryder said the Friends of Hartlepool group had lodged a High Court challenge to the decision to bring the ship to Britain from its current base in Brest, western France. “Today’s legal challenge is the beginning of a new stage in the fight by
Hartlepool residents to prevent our community from becoming the international toxic waste dumping ground of choice of both governments and polluting industries,” she said. (Source: Defense News)