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Matson Agrees to Stop Sending its Old Ships to the “Killing Beaches” of South Asia

Environmental Groups Blow Whistle on Ship Now Being Towed from Texas to India

Seattle, WA. | September 22nd, 2015

Following an alarm raised by the environmental justice organization Basel Action Network (BAN), the shipping company, Matson, Inc. (MATX) agreed to prohibit scrapping its vessels on the beaches of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan in the future. While the decision does not address the HORIZON TRADER – an old Matson vessel now on its way to India, it is significant, as 23 vessels in the Matson fleet will require scrapping in the next few years.

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Navy Ship Sinking Pollutes Sea with Toxic PCB’s

EPA sued for failure to regulate ocean dumping of PCB’s

San Francisco, CA. | December 9th, 2011

Today, conservation groups filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ongoing failure to adequately regulate a Federal ship sinking program that pollutes the sea with toxic chemicals. Earthjustice, on behalf of the Basel Action Network and Sierra Club, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court of Northern California.

Read the Media Press Release - 12-9-11

Exxon Mobil Creates Green U.S. Recycling Jobs

Decides Not to Dump its Old Tanker on Asian Beaches

Seattle, WA. | November 8th, 2011

Instead of sending their defunct tanker to the infamous ship-scrapping beaches of South Asia, Exxon Mobil and wholly owned subsidiary SeaRiver Maritime, recently completed the sale of the S/R Wilmington, a 1984 built tanker, to a U.S. ship recycling facility, where it will be dismantled by a skilled workforce, using advanced technologies to manage the vessel’s hazardous waste stream. Exxon’s move to recycle the Wilmington in the U.S. is seen by the toxic trade watchdog organization, Basel Action Network (BAN), as a move to lead by example, opting for the safe and environmentally preferable ship recycling methods of U.S. ship recyclers, while creating green U.S. jobs in a tough economy.

Read the Media Press Release - 11-8-11

178 Countries Agree to Allow the Ban on Exports of Toxic Wastes to Developing Countries to Become Law

Cartagena, Colombia | October 21st, 2011

In a major breakthrough decision at the 10th Conference of the Parties of the Basel Convention, 178 Parties agreed to allow an early entry into force of law of the Basel Ban Amendment which prohibits all exports of hazardous wastes, including electronic wastes and old obsolete ships from developed to developing countries. The deal was brokered by Indonesia and Switzerland and was strongly promoted by the developing countries, China, the European Union and Non-Governmental Organizations including Greenpeace, the Center for International Environmental Law, the NGO Platform on Shipbreaking and the Basel Action Network.

Read the Media Press Release - 10-21-11

Scrap Industry E-Waste Export Claims “Sadly Mistaken”

BAN Calls ISRI Electronics Recycling Study Interpretation Irresponsible

Seattle, WA. | October 17th, 2011

A recent claim by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries that e-waste exportation from the US to developing countries is no longer a problem is “sadly mistaken” according to the toxic trade watchdog Basel Action Network (BAN).  BAN claims that ISRI first obtained badly compromised data from the study and then manipulated that to make their case, rather than report what is obvious to everyone in the business and in journalism who has seen the global e-waste dumping grounds in China, Nigeria, India, Ghana and elsewhere.

Read the Media Press Release - 10-17-11

First Federal Criminal Charges Brought Against Recycler for Exporting Toxic e-Waste

Global Dumping Exposed by Environmentalists and CBS’s 60 Minutes

Denver, CO. | September 16th, 2011

After 30 months of investigations, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and EPA Criminal Investigation Division handed down multiple criminal charges today against two executives of Executive Recycling Inc., a Denver, Colorado electronics recycling firm.  The government first became aware of the alleged violations following an investigation by the Basel Action Network (BAN), a Seattle based organization dedicated to combating toxic trade.  The investigation became highly publicized after BAN worked with CBS’s 60 Minutes news magazine in an episode entitled “The Wasteland.”  It is the first instance that criminal charges have been brought against an e-waste exporter.

Read the Media Press Release - 9-16-11


The Big Break - CBC Shipbreaking Documentary Site

Order Our Films! - The Digital Dump and Exporting Harm

BAN Report: The Digital Dump: Exporting Re-Use and Abuse to Africa

BAN Report: Exporting Harm: The High-Tech Trashing of Asia

Global Toxics Report Card: Country by Country Report on Ratifications of 4 International Toxics Treaties

Interview: Jim Puckett, BAN coordinator on National Public Radio

BAN Briefing Papers: BAN's Fact Sheets on Toxic Trade Issues

Article: "Recycling: No Excuse for Environmental Injustice"

Books Describing the Disturbing Side of the Electronics Industry and featuring BAN's work