ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — A partner in a company that wants to dismantle ships at Astoria argues that the practice isn't "shipbreaking" but rather recycling.
The Daily Astorian reports (http://bit.ly/10GXFYv) that Frank Allen of Blue Ocean Environmental spoke Tuesday at a packed meeting of the Port of Astoria Commission.
Allen says vessels are being disposed of without environmental protections, and there are 300 derelict vessels in Oregon and 400 in Washington polluting the environment as they deteriorate.
He says the operation proposed at the Tongue Point facility would start small, with one vessel to show it can be done. He says the facility could eventually handle 50 vessels a year.
Previous shipbreaking proposals in Oregon, including one at Tongue Point, have been run into opposition over fears about hazardous materials being released.
Source: sfgate. 15 May 2013http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Astoria-shipbreaking-called-be-recycling-4519640.php