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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.

Read the Media Press Release - 9-22-15

LG Electronics Commits to Using the Most Responsible e-Waste Solution Worldwide

Global Electronics Giant Becomes First Global e-Stewards® Enterprise

Seattle, WA. | July 26th, 2011

The non-profit Basel Action Network (BAN) and LG Electronics today announced that LG Electronics Inc. is the first “Global e-Stewards Enterprise,” a company committed to responsible recycling of its electronic waste and choosing to use e-Stewards® Certified electronics recyclers worldwide.

Read the Media Press Release - 7-26-11

Federal E-Waste Effort Gets Mixed Reaction from Environmental Coalition

Fails to Stem the 'Toxic Tide' of computers dumped in developing countries

San Francisco, CA. | July 20th, 2011

An Interagency Task Force – chaired by the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Environmental Protection Agency, and General Services Administration, today released “A National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship.” The report makes a variety of important recommendations to promote green design of electronics, and to improve handling of e-waste coming from federal agencies. According to environmental groups, the report has some good recommendations on green design and on using certified recyclers, but it completely fails to address what is generally recognized as the most serious e-waste problem – e-waste exporting to developing countries.

Read the Media Press Release - 7-20-11

Ship Sinking Programs Waste Taxpayer Dollars, Squander Valuable Resources, Jobs And Pollute The Sea

New Report calls for an end to Dumping Government Ships at Sea

Seattle, WA | July 18th, 2011

A new report, “Dishonorable Disposal,” by the Basel Action Network (BAN), and subsequent investigation by The Washington Post, uncovers the wasteful legacy of the U.S. Navy’s ship sinking programs. This first-ever comprehensive analysis of ship ocean disposal by way of target practice exercise or “artificial reefing,” cites new toxicological data demonstrating contamination of seafood, and an economic analysis revealing lost recycling jobs, wasted taxpayer dollars, and squandered resources at the center of the government’s ship disposal program.

Read the Media Press Release - 7-18-11

Environmnetal groups petition EPA to end Navy ship dumping program

Target Practice Sinkings Violate Environmental Laws and Squander Valuable Resources

Seattle, WA. | July 12th, 2011

An administrative petition to put a halt to the Navy’s practice of sinking contaminated old vessels in the high seas as part of target practice exercises known as SINKEX was filed today by the Basel Action Network (BAN) and the Sierra Club.

The petition, directed to U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, alleges that the decommissioned ships used by the Navy contain a host of toxic materials including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) that pose serious threats to the marine environment when sunk. The legal action is timely as the Navy recently announced plans to extend the SINKEX program to the Gulf of Alaska, one of the richest fishing grounds in the world, including commercially important fisheries such as crab, cod, salmon and halibut.

Read the Media Press Release - 7-12-11

Toxic E-Waste Exports by Chicago Electronics Recycler Uncovered

Intercon Solutions Denied e-Stewards® Certification for Responsible Recyclers

Chicago, IL. | July 5th, 2011

The Basel Action Network (BAN), a toxic watchdog group, today announced that Chicago Heights, Illinois electronics recycler Intercon Solutions will be the first company denied the e-Stewards certification (www.e-Stewards.org), which is available to electronics recyclers that can demonstrate that they operate in a truly responsible manner. BAN’s denial was based on “compelling evidence” that Intercon Solutions had been engaged in exporting hazardous electronic waste to China.

Read the Media Press Release - 7-5-11


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