27 December 2010

Bangladesh upholds scrapping BAN

BANGLADESH’S High Court has upheld an order barring ships from entering the country’s scrapyards until its previous verdicts on the breaking sector are implemented.

Acting on a petition filed by Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA), last week two High Court judges also directed the government to formulate a shipbreaking policy within three months and form a panel of specialists within a month to implement the policy and court orders.

On 17th March 2009, the court ordered the environment department to shut down breaking yards that lacked environmental clearance from the government within two weeks.

BELA chief Syeda Rezwana Hasan accused the government of failing to follow that order, while in December 2008, an environment department report said breaking yards had not even applied for permission to operate.

Source: Tanker Operator, Dec  22  2010

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