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Hazardous Waste Shipments Not Welcome In Caribbean Sea

by Amanda Banks, Tax-News.com, London

01 January 2013


The Chairman of the fifteen-territory Caribbean Community, Kenny Anthony has intensified calls for a halt to the shipment of hazardous waste through the Caribbean Sea, given the risks such shipments pose to the livelihood of the region.

Anthony, who is also the Prime Minister of St Lucia, made the appeal ahead of a transshipment of Vitrified High Level Waste from the United Kingdom to Japan through the Caribbean Sea. He said: “The United Kingdom’s imminent shipment of radioactive waste follows fourteen such shipments to date, each of which has been strenuously objected to by CARICOM Heads of Government, the Caribbean business community and civil society. In this regard, the Region is particularly disappointed by the continued disregard shown by the United Kingdom for the objections to such shipments given the historical relations which the Caribbean shares with the United Kingdom."

"It is with gravest concern that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) reiterates and intensifies its opposition to the passage of shipments of High Level Waste through the Caribbean Sea. The Caribbean Sea constitutes not only a part of the way of life of the Caribbean people but also a principal source of livelihood and socio-economic activity."

"CARICOM call upon all those involved to halt these shipments given the risk they pose to the lives and livelihoods of the Caribbean people.”

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