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Environmnetal groups petition EPA to end Navy ship dumping program
7-12-11
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Target Practice Sinkings Violate Environmental Laws and Squander Valuable Resources

Seattle, WA. 12 July 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 Release - 7-12-11
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Links:
SINKEX Petition
 
 
 
News Stories:
Sink Stink - 7-12-11
 
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Toxic E-Waste Exports by Chicago Electronics Recycler Uncovered
7-05-11
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Denied e-Stewards Certification by BAN

Chicago, 05 July 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 Release - 7-05-11
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Links:
Letter to Intercon Solutions CEO Brian Brundage
Evidentiary Report of e-Stewards Violation - Intercon Solutions
 
 
 
News Stories:
Certification audit exposes exporter - 7-05-11
 
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E-Waste Export Bill to Stop Global E-Waste Dumping & Boost Green Jobs
6-23-11
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Environmental, Bipartisan and Industry Support

23 June 2011 (Washington, DC) - U.S. Representatives Gene Green (D-TX) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) yesterday introduced new legislation – the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act - to stop sham U.S. “recyclers” from dumping electronic waste on developing countries and to promote recycling jobs at home. The bill is supported by environmental groups as well as electronic manufacturers (Dell, HP, Samsung, Apple, and Best Buy), all of which already have policies that prohibit the export of e-waste to developing nations. The bill also has bipartisan support, including sponsors Reps. Steven LaTourette (R-OH) and Lee Terry (R-NE).

Read the Media Release - 6-23-11

Read the bill
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News Stories:
California congressman tackles toxic trade in new bill - 6-23-11
As e-waste piles up, disposal issues grow - 6-22-11
 
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U.S. SHIP POISED TO DUMP TOXIC WASTE ON BANGLADESH
6-6-11
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Obama Administration Adopts Look-the-Other-Way Policy

6 June 2011 (Seattle) - A U.S. flagged cargo vessel called “HARRIETTE” was cleared on 1 June by the U.S. Maritime Administration for scrapping on the notorious beaches of Chittagong, Bangladesh with the surprising support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In past years, EPA required that older U.S. flagged vessels be tested for toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) prior to being exported to foreign scrap yards, as the export of PCBs violates the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). TSCA has been the only legal means of preventing the toxic dumping of obsolete U.S. ships on Asian beaches, where impoverished workers dismantle ships by hand and suffer from accidental loss of life and occupational disease.

Read the Media Release - 6-6-11

Photograph: Ruben Dao/Greenpeace
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News Stories:
Toxic ship banned in Bangladesh heads for India - 6-17-11
U.S. Cargo Ship Poised To Dump Toxic Waste On Bangladesh - 6-6-11
 
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NGOs call on Bangladesh: Stop Death Ship Before it Kills Again
5-24-11
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Infamous Probo Koala Sent for Dismantling

24 May 2011 (Brussels) - The Probo Koala, now re-named the Gulf Jash, a ship which caused an environmental and human rights disaster in the Ivory Coast in August 2006, has been sold for scrapping on the infamous ship breaking beaches of Chittagong in Bangladesh. Environmental, human rights and labour rights organisations represented by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform fear that the Probo Koala will be allowed to perpetuate its deadly legacy by being broken down in unsafe and environmentally damaging conditions. The Platform is calling on the government of Bangladesh to refuse the import of the ship. It is expected that the Probo Koala contains many tonnes of hazardous asbestos, PCBs, toxic paints, fuel and chemical residues. Currently the ship is located in Vietnam.

Read the Media Release - 5-24-11

Photograph: Christian Aslund/Greenpeace
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News Stories:
Toxic ship banned in Bangladesh heads for India - 6-17-11
 
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NAVY ABANDONS PLAN TO SINK SENATOR McCAIN’S OLD AIRCRAFT CARRIER
4-7-11
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Environmentalists Claim a Victory for Green Jobs and Safe Ship Recycling

7 April 2011 (Seattle) - The Basel Action Network, a global toxic trade watchdog organization, claimed victory today as the U.S. Navy confirmed it had changed its decision to scuttle the aircraft carrier USS FORRESTAL, choosing instead to have the ship recycled here in the United States. This change followed the December 2010 release of BAN’s report “Jobs and Dollars Overboard: The Economic Case Against Dumping U.S. Naval Vessels at Sea.” BAN estimates that the recycling of the FORRESTAL will save millions of taxpayer dollars, create approximately 500 green jobs in the domestic recycling industry, and create about 1,900 jobs in the overall economy for one year.

Read the Media Release - 4-7-11
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BAN reacts to flawed CEA e-Cycling Initiative
4-13-11
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13 April 2011 (Seattle) - In response to the Consumer Electronics Association’s latest announcement that they aim to triple the amount of e-waste being recycled, the Basel Action Network (BAN) raises concerns that the initiative is misleading.

Read the Media Release - 4-13-11
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News Stories:
CEA seeks to triple e-scrap recycling - 4-14-11
Electronics Industry Launches Misleading e-Waste Recycling Initiative - 4-14-11
Tech industry vows to triple electronic waste collection - 4-13-11
 
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Electronics Recycling Industry Leaders Call on the Federal Government to Stop Exporting its own E-Waste
3-17-11
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17 March 2011 (Chicago) - Thirty leading electronics recyclers meeting this week in
Chicago called on the federal government to lead by example and ensure that the old computers, printers, phones and other electronics from all federal agencies are not sold or auctioned to brokers that will then simply export the e-waste to developing countries where it is most often dismantled, cracked and burned in substandard, harmful conditions. The meeting drew together
e-Stewards Recyclers that have agreed to become certified to the e-Stewards Standard
(www.e-stewards.org) for responsible recycling.

Read the Media Release - 3-17-11
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EPA ALLOWS SCHEME TO DUMP U.S. FLAGGED SHIP ON SOUTH ASIAN BEACH
3-10-11
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“Stonewalls” on releasing internal documents

10 March 2011 (India) - According to the U.S. Maritime Administration, a U.S. flagged tanker named “Prince William Sound,” owned in part by a BP subsidiary, has been given clearance by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be sold, knowing it would be beached on the infamous scrapping beaches at Alang, India. Meanwhile EPA has refused after repeated requests to deliver to BAN any particulars as to why the clearance was given.

Read the Media Release - 3-10-11
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Alcoa Leads the Way in Responsible e-Waste Recycling -- Earns e-Stewards Enterprise Designation
3-7-11
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7 March 2011 (Seattle, WA) -
The Basel Action Network (BAN) announced today that Alcoa has become an e-Stewards® Enterprise, recognition for the company’s commitment to responsible recycling practices for its electronic waste (e-waste) in North America and advocating the responsible disposal of
e-waste everywhere. The distinction is granted to companies that agree to always make best efforts to use only e-Stewards® Electronics Recyclers.

Read the Media Release - 3-7-11
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TAXPAYERS LEFT WITH HUGE BILL and LOST JOBS
FROM GOVERNMENT SHIP OCEAN DISPOSAL PROGRAMS
12-13-10
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Report Calls for Halt to Sinkings in Favor of Recycling Obsolete Naval Vessels

13 December 2010 (Seattle) - In a new report released today that examines the economic cost of the federal government’s practice of using ships as artificial reefs and for Naval target practice, the Basel Action Network reports that taxpayers are paying more for environmentally damaging practices in our ship disposal program, than they would for proper recycling in US ship dismantling yards.

Read the Media Release - 12-13-10

BAN Report: “Jobs and Dollars Overboard: The Economic Case against Dumping U.S. Naval Vessels at Sea”
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News Stories:
Group Demands U.S. Recycle, Not Sink, Old Navy Ships - 12-14-10
Will the U.S. Navy Dump Or Recycle John McCain's Old Ship? - 12-14-10
 
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Environmental Group Re-Files Legal Complaint to Protect
e-Waste Certification Program from Unfair Trademark Competition
1-23-11
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Phrase “Certified Electronics Recycler” must not be exclusive

23 January 2011 (Seattle, Washington) - The environmental watchdog group Basel Action Network (BAN), known for its work exposing the international dumping of US e-waste on developing countries and creating the e-Stewards® Certification program for responsible e-waste recyclers, has filed an amended complaint in the Federal District Court of Western Washington in Seattle. The complaint asserts that the use of the trademark “certified electronics recycler” is inappropriate and harms BAN and the recyclers in the e-Stewards® Certification program.

Read the Media Release - 1-23-11

Amended complaint and supporting documents filed with the court on January 13, 2011
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BAN featured in the Daily Mail / Mail Online – The dirty secret of your NHS – Read the Article Online
BAN's e-Stewards featured in Time Magazine – E-Waste Not – Read the Article Online
BAN's e-Stewards featured in USA Today – Watchdogs Hound E-Waste Exports – Read the Article Online
BAN in The New York Times – The Afterlife of Cellphones – Read the Article Online
BAN featured in National Geographic Magazine – High-Tech Trash: Will your discarded TV end up in a ditch in Ghana? – Read the Article Online
Watch: The Digital Dump – View the Trailer Online Now! – Order the Film!
 
Listen: NPR and BBC on the Global Waste Trade
Marketplace: Our e-waste comes back to haunt us -- Website -- New!
Following in BAN's footsteps in Nigeria -- E-waste Dumping (featuring BAN)
Shipbreaking in India -- The Case of the Blue Lady (featuring BAN)
Link to the Series with Texts: Dirty Business
 
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Provocative New Film “The Story of Electronics” Released
11-9-10
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Film Calls for an End to “Design-for-the-Dump” and Exports of e-Waste to Developing Countries

9 November 2010 - “The Story of Electronics,” an accessible and very smart eight minute film about e-waste, will be playing at www.storyofelectronics.org this Tuesday, November 9.

Read the Media Release - 11-9-10

Watch “The Story of Electronics”
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BP’s SCHEME TO DUMP TOXIC SHIP ON SOUTH ASIAN SCRAPPING BEACH UNDER SCRUTINY BY U.S. OFFICIALS
10-28-10
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28 October 2010 (Seattle, USA.) - According to the toxic watchdog organization Basel Action Network (BAN), a U.S. flagged oil tanker named "Prince William Sound”, that is part owned by BP and formerly was used to haul BP oil, is about to be sold for scrapping on the notorious shipbreaking beaches in South Asia. The ship, built in 1975 and whose namesake and owner are all too familiar reminders of recent environmental disasters, is likely to contain toxic wastes such as asbestos, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other hazardous substances, and as such poses a threat to workers and the environment should it be exported to a developing country.

Read the Media Release - 10-28-10

National Guidance: Best Management Practices for Preparing Vessels Intended to Create Artificial Reefs
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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAUGHT EXPORTING TOXIC E-WASTE
TO DEVELOPING COUNTRIES AND CONTAMINATING WORKERS
10-22-10
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SCATHING REPORT ON FEDERAL PRISON
E-WASTE RECYCLING JUSTIFIES
E-STEWARDS® CERTIFICATION


22 October 2010 (Washington DC, USA.) - Following the release of an investigation by the Department of Justice’s Inspector General revealing that federal prisons (operating under the trade name UNICOR) routinely exposed inmates to toxic heavy metals and exported hazardous wastes to developing countries, the Basel Action Network (BAN) calls for consumers large and small to only use e-Stewards® qualified recyclers that will not export hazardous wastes to developing countries and will not utilize prisoner labor for managing it.

Read the Media Release - 10-22-10

Read the Department of Justice Report
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MEXICO WARNED TO BLOCK ILLEGAL EXPORT OF TOXIC SHIPS
10-20-10
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20 October 2010 (Mexico) - The Basel Action Network (BAN), a toxic trade watchdog and member organization of the NGO Platform on Shipbreaking, warned the Government of Mexico in a letter released today, that they have learned from sources in Mexico that three Mexican flagged tankers called the Sebastian Lerdo de Tejada, Tolteca, and Independencia, all owned and operated by Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), Mexico’s state-owned oil company, may very soon be exported from Mexico to shipbreaking yards in Pakistan, Bangladesh, India or China in contravention to the United Nations Basel Convention and Mexican law.

Read the Media Release - 10-20-10

ADVIERTEN A MÉXICO QUE DEBE BLOQUEAR LA EXPORTACIÓN ILEGAL DE NAVÍOS TÓXICOS

NGO Platform on Shipbreaking Letter to Mexico
Sources in Mexico
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California’s Santa Clara County Commits to Highest Standard of Responsible E-Waste Recycling
10-14-10
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"Silicon Valley" Government Becomes First in Nation to Join e-Stewards® Initiative

14 October 2010 (Santa Clara, CA.) - Leading environmental and community organizations* working to promote responsible electronic waste management today applauded the County of Santa Clara’s decision to become an “e-Stewards Enterprise,” committing themselves to utilizing e-Stewards® certified electronics recyclers that meet the highest standard of responsible electronics waste recycling. The county, frequently referred to as “Silicon Valley,” for its status as a global hub of the high-tech industry, is the first in the nation to do so.

Read the Media Release - 10-14-10

Santa Clara County Decision (see item 17)
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Federal Legislation on E-Waste
10-1-10
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Congress introduces bill to stop the global dumping of e-waste

1 October 2010 - On Sept 29, 2010, Reps. Gene Green and Mike Thompson introduced a bill in Congress to make it illegal for U.S. "recyclers" to send toxic e-waste to developing nations.

Read the Press Release - 10-1-10

Click here to read H.R. 6252
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e-Stewards® Leadership Council Announced
9-17-10
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Diverse New Advisory Body to Guide Responsible e-Recycling

17 September 2010 (Seattle, WA) - The Certified
e-Stewards® Initiative
, the world's first third-party audited, accredited international certification program for electronics recyclers that prohibits the export of e-waste to developing countries and enjoys the support of more than 70 environmental organizations, today announced its first Leadership Council.

Read the Media Release - 9-17-10

2010 e-Stewards Leadership Council
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EPA Chief cites the e-Waste Problem as one of the US’s 6 Global Environmental Priorities
8-17-10
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17 August 2010 (Guanajuato, Mexico) -
EPA Chief Administrator Lisa Jackson declared yesterday that preventing e-waste and its irresponsible management was one of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s top six newly announced global priorities. The other five priorities were reducing carbon emissions, improving air quality, improving water quality, reducing toxics exposures and building stronger institutional frameworks.

Read the Media Release - 8-17-10
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EPA News Releases:
Administrator Jackson Announces EPA’s International Priorities / Agency to work with other countries to curb pollution at home and abroad (EPA Link) - 8-17-10
EPA Administrator's Speech - 8-16-10
EPA Chief Calls for Limiting Exports of e-Waste to Developing Countries, Especially those going under the guise of Re-use - 5-25-10
EPA Administrator's Speech - 5-25-10

BAN Media Release:
EPA Names e-Stewards Certified Recyclers as Route to Responsible Electronics Recycling - 7-19-10

News Stories:
EPA Recognizes e-Stewards Certification - 7-22-10
E-waste export law needed: EPA chief - 5-28-10
 
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Target Stores Won't Tell Public Where Their Collected Electronic Waste Will Go
4-21-10
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Earth Day Collection Program Lacks Transparency

21 April 2010 (Seattle, WA.) - Customers hoping to take advantage of Target’s new Earth Day 2010 recycling program are faced with more questions than answers. Having learned that all recycling is not necessarily responsible recycling, conscientious consumers have been asking their local Target stores, “Where will my things be recycled?” The usual answer they receive from Target employees: “We don’t know.”

Read the Media Release - 4-21-10

Target Store Volunteer Call Summary
Log Sheet:
www.ban.org/Library/targetlog.pdf
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News Stories:
Businesses hosting electronics-recycling events - 4-24-10
Environmental group: Target's e-recycling not transparent - 4-22-10
 
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MAJOR CORPORATIONS STEP UP FOR GREEN CERTIFIED ELECTRONICS RECYCLING
4-15-10
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e-Stewards® Initiative Launched with support from Samsung, Wells Fargo, Capital One, and more.

15 April 2010 (Seattle) - The Basel Action Network (BAN), the group that first documented the dumping of toxic electronic waste in China and Africa, announced today the official launch of the world’s first global e-waste recycler certification and the first such program backed by environmental organizations and major corporations alike.

Read the Media Release - 4-15-10

For Complete Press Kit:
http://e-stewards.org/news/press-kit/

New e-Stewards Website:
www.e-stewards.org
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News Stories:
Electronics not being recycled - 4-22-10
North Rochester e-recycling firm wins national praise - 4-22-10
New program makes sure e-waste is recycled right - 4-16-10
Wells Fargo Joins BAN's e-Stewards Initiative - 4-16-10
A Program to Certify E-Waste Recycling Rivals an Industry-U.S. Plan - 4-15-10
Businesses to use certified recyclers for e-waste - 4-15-10
e-Stewards Launches with Major Corporate, NGO Backing - 4-15-10
New accord reached to reduce electronic waste - 4-15-10
Progress on the e-waste recycling front - 4-15-10
 
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Scrap Industries Slammed for "More of the Same" Policy Allowing Global Toxic E-waste Dumping
3-26-10
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26 March 2010 (Seattle, WA) - The toxic trade watchdog Basel Action Network (BAN) today denounced the long awaited attempt at policy reform for electronic waste export from the Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) as a “greenwash” and a perpetuation of the same “export your harm” approach to managing the growing mountains of toxic electronic wastes produced each year in the US.

Read the Media Release - 3-26-10

ISRI’s New Policy can be found here.

For a list of e-Stewards Recyclers click here.
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News Stories:
BAN blasts ISRI electronic scrap policy - 4-5-10
BAN slams ISRI resolution as ‘more of the same’ - 3-31-10
ISRI Charts Roadmap to Address Global Electronic Scrap Recycling - 3-29-10
 
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Indonesia Turns Back Illegal Shipment of E-waste from USA "Recycler" – Tip Comes from U.S. Watchdog as E.P.A. Fails to Act
3-1-10
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1 March 2010 (Seattle, Washington) - The Basel Action Network (BAN), an environmental watchdog organization, reported today that it had successfully prevented nine sea-going containers of hazardous electronic waste from a Massachusetts business calling themselves a recycler from being exported and delivered to Indonesia in contravention of the international treaty on hazardous waste known as the Basel Convention and Indonesian law.

Read the Media Release - 3-1-10

Another Spin: E-waste recycler faces criticism - 3-15-10
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News Stories:
Quit dumping old TVs overseas - 3-10-10
Indonesia Turns Back E-Waste Shipment from MA Recycler - 3-2-10
Old TVs spark environmental dispute - 3-2-10
E-waste shipment from U.S. under dispute - 3-1-10
Indonesia Takes Tough Stand Over Exports of Toxic Trash - 2-24-10
RI congratulated for rejecting e-waste from US - 2-23-10
 
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Environmentalists and Consumer Groups Applaud HP’s Policy on E-Waste Export
2-12-10
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12 February 2010 (San Francisco, CA) -
Environmentalists and consumer groups applauded Hewlett Packard (HP) for its announcement today of a policy that prohibits the export of toxic electronic waste from developed countries, like the U.S., to any developing country.

Read the Media Release - 2-12-10
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NRDC Endorses New Certification for Safe, Ethical Electronic Waste Recycling
2-9-10
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e-Steward® Recyclers Will Not Dump your e-Waste in Developing Countries

9 February 2010 (New York, N.Y.) - The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) today announced its endorsement of the first-ever certification program for electronics recycling created jointly by the environmental community and business leaders. The new e-Stewards Certification and Standard, held by the Basel Action Network (BAN), is seen as essential to stem the tide of hazardous old computers, TVs, monitors and other electronic waste currently flooding African and Asian countries such as Ghana, Nigeria, India, Pakistan and China.

Read the Media Release - 2-9-10
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News Stories:
NRDC Endorses New e-Stewards Certification Program - 2-11-10
Certification for Electronic Waste Recycling Gathers Support - 2-10-10
 
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Holiday e-Waste? Beware Fake Recyclers!
12-28-09
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Old TVs and Computers are Likely to be Dumped in Developing Countries

28 December 2009 (Seattle, Washington) -
For those of you that got that new flat screen TV as a holiday gift and are wondering what to do with that old cathode ray tube dinosaur now parked in the garage, the Basel Action Network (BAN), a global toxic-trade watchdog organization, warns that old electronics are hazardous and should not be handed over to just any company calling itself a recycler.

Read the Media Release - 12-28-09

For photographs of electronic wastes dumped in Africa and China, see the BAN Photo Gallery.
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Resolution Calls on Congress to Choose e-Steward Recyclers
11-20-09
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No More Dumping e-Waste in Developing Countries!

20 November 2009 (Seattle, WA) - Representative Mike Thompson yesterday introduced a resolution that calls on Congress to craft a plan to deal with its own e-waste, only using recyclers certified to the new e-Stewards Standard – the highest in the industry.

Read the Media Release - 11-20-09

Click here to read the resolution (H.Res. 938)
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News Stories:
Resolution Calls on Congress to Choose e-Steward Recyclers - 11-25-09
 
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INDIAN GOVERNMENT BLOCKS TOXIC US SHIP
11-9-09
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Forged Ship Registration Documents Confirmed as Environmentalists Claim Victory

9 November 2009 (Seattle, WA) - Following the discovery by the Basel Action Network (BAN) that the national registry and flag had been falsified, the Indian government yesterday ruled against allowing an aged American cruise liner from being beached on the infamous shipbreaking beaches of Alang, India.

Read the Media Release - 11-9-09
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News Stories:
Gujarat maritime board to probe toxic US ship's ownership - 11-10-09
India bars entry of former S.S. Independence - 11-10-09
'Toxic' US ship banned in India - 11-10-09
Central team to inspect Platinum-II near Alang - 10-19-09
Toxic’ ship owner raises crack scare - Gov't to inspect vessel - 10-19-09
MoEF seeks details of ship in Alang from Guj authorities - 10-13-09
Toxic Ship Firm Fined $500k for Illegal Sale of Deadly PCBs - 1-30-09
Md. firms fined $518,000 in shipbreaking case - 1-29-09
Toxic Ship Dealer Caught, Fined for Export of PCBs - 1-29-09
The problem with ship scrapyards isn't what you think - 6-12-08
Global Marketing Systems responds to EPA investigation - 5-2-08
EPA alleges Md. firm illegally exported toxic ship for recycling - 3-25-08
Independence sails into a new set of problems - 3-21-08
Aged ships a toxic export - 3-19-08
Ocean Liner's Final Voyage to Asia under Scrutiny - 2-29-08
Last U.S. ocean liner heads into the unknown - 2-9-08

BAN Media Releases:
TOXIC U.S. SHIP LANDS IN INDIA - 10-22-09

Victory Declared as Major Toxic Ship Exporter Forced to Pay Penalties by EPA
- 1-29-09


EPA Sues US Ship Broker for Illegal Export but Allows 'Toxic Timebomb' to Sail Away - 3-20-08

Fugitive Toxic Ocean Liner Now Believed to be Nearing Guam – Mariners are Asked to Report Whereabouts and to Avoid Selling Ship Fuel - 3-6-08

EPA called on to Stop Illegal Departure of Toxic Ocean Liner – Historic SS Independence loaded with PCBs and asbestos to be scrapped - 2-20-08

Environmentalists Denounce Illegal Departure of Toxic Ship from San Francisco –
SS Independence with PCBs and Asbestos Slipped Away in the Fog
- 2-12-08
 
EPA Press Release and Settlement - 1-29-09

U.S. EPA - In the Matter of: Global Shipping, LLC, and Global Marketing Systems, Inc. - Consent Agreement and Final Order - U.S. EPA / Docket No. TSCA-09-2008-0003 / Filed 28/01/2009

Global Marketing Systems, Inc. Answer to EPA Complaint - 4-30-08
Global Shipping LLC Answer to EPA Complaint - 4-30-08

EPA Press Release:
U.S. EPA files complaint against ship brokers for violations of Toxic Substances Control Act - 3-18-08

EPA Complaint: www.ban.org/library/Oceanic_complaint.pdf
EPA Cover Letter: www.ban.org/library/Oceanic_cover letter.pdf

Waste Stream Analysis for SS Independence, conducted by ship remediation expert Mr. Werner F. Hoyt - 2-14-08
 
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LATEST BAN RATIFICATIONS

Congratulations Chile and Kenya

9-16-09
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See the Deposit Box for the Latest Tally

Country Status of Waste Trade Bans - Basel Convention, Decision III/1, National Bans and Regional Bans
 
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OBAMA's EPA ALLOWS TOXIC NAVY SHIPS TO BE DUMPED IN BANGLADESH
8-27-09
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Ships Likely to be Scrapped on Beach by Unprotected Workers in Violation of Law

27 August 2009 (Norfolk, Virginia.) -
Last night, the ship ANDERS (former M/V PVT. JAMES ANDERSON, JR), sailed out of Norfolk, Virginia with the likely destination being the infamous shipbreaking beaches of Bangladesh. According to the Environmental watchdog group Basel Action Network (BAN), the export marks the first time the U.S. government has allowed a U.S. flagged ship in the service of the government to be sent to South Asian beaches since the Clinton Administration called for a moratorium on such exports in 1998.

Read the Media Release - 8-27-09

BAN's Letter to the EPA, to halt the export of the recently reflagged ships Anders and Bonny
 
 
 
News Stories:
Denmark challenges EPA claims over Star Maritime ships - 9-2-09
Denmark assures no PCBs in scrapping row ships - 9-1-09
Alang: The place where ships go to die - 8-31-09
US Environmental Protection Agency to let Anders sail - 8-28-09
A Toxic Excuse - 8-26-09
US implicated in toxic exports law breach - 8-25-09
Are aging ships still a toxic export? - 8-24-09
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Sinking of John McCain's Old Aircraft Carrier Denounced
7-27-09
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Navy’s Plan to Dump "USS Forrestal" Instead of Recycling Called "Irresponsible"

27 July 2009 (Seattle) - The toxic waste watchdog organization Basel Action Network (BAN) today slammed the government’s plans to scuttle the former aircraft carrier FORRESTAL in deep water as an “artificial reef” instead of having the ship safely recycled at one of the half-dozen active ship dismantling yards in the U.S.

Read the Media Release - 7-27-09

BAN Submission:
FORRESTAL Class Aircraft Carrier Scrapping and Dismantling Request for Information- 7-27-09
 
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PBS Frontline features BAN and e-Stewards in
"Ghana: Digital Dumping Ground" – Watch the Video
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Stop Dumping Techno-Trash on Developing Countries!
6-24-09
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Activists Urge Consumers, Manufacturers
and Retailers to Use Only Ethical "e-Steward" Recyclers


24 June 2009 (Seattle) - The Basel Action Network (BAN), a leading global advocate for responsible toxic management practices, today called on consumers, manufacturers and retailers of computers and electronics to make a commitment to never allow their old e-waste to go to recyclers that will simply export it to developing countries.

Read the Media Release - 6-24-09
 
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Warning: Digital Conversion May Result in Tsunami of Toxic TV Exports to Developing Countries
6-12-09
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Consumers urged to use only qualified
"e-Stewards" recyclers


12 June 2009 (Seattle, WA.) - The toxic waste watchdog organization, the Basel Action Network (BAN), is warning consumers to be extremely careful about where they take their old TVs for recycling following the nationwide conversion from analog-to-digital broadcasting. They are urging consumers to only use qualified e-Steward recyclers, the only list identifying electronic waste recyclers that will not export toxic TVs and other electronic waste to a developing country.

Read the Media Release - 6-12-09
 
 
 
News Stories:
Some See E-Waste Crisis Trailing Switch to Digital TV - 6-15-09
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EPA Files Legal Action against Exporter of e-Waste Following Toxic Trade Watchdog Investigation
6-10-09
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Humane Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation warned that e-waste would be dumped in poor nations, decided to move forward anyway

10 June 2009 (Seattle, WA.) - The Environmental Protection Agency filed a legal Complaint and Compliance Order late last week against EarthEcycle, the electronic waste handler for several charity e-waste collection events held in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in recent days. The events include those run by two Humane Society branches, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and Boy Scout Troop 30 will hold such a collection event tomorrow.

Read the Media Release - 6-10-09

EPA Legal Complaint:
U.S. EPA - In the Matter of: EarthEcycle, LLC., - Complaint, Compliance Order and Notice of Opportunity for Hearing - EPA Docket No. RCRA-HQ-2009-0001 / Filed 2009 Jun-5
 
 
 
BAN Media Releases:
Fake Recycling Events in Pittsburgh Uncovered - 5-26-09
EarthECycle’s Statements to the Press Rebutted - 5-26-09

BAN & ETBC Research Report:
The EarthECycle Pittsburgh "Recycling" Scam

News Stories:
E-waste lessons learned - 10-15-09
Levin orders truck to leave Monroeville warehouse lot without cargo - 9-19-09
Controversial e-waste generates renewed complaints - 9-18-09
Stash of controversial e-waste to be hauled - 6-24-09
Workers say recycler dumped monitors - 6-12-09
EPA takes action against electronics recycler - 6-11-09
EPA files complaint against electronics recycling firm - 6-10-09
Electronic waste recycler to empty Monroeville warehouse - 6-8-09
New doubts raised over electronics recycling - 6-3-09
Toxic Fraud - 6-1-09
Few Rules for Recycling Electronics - 5-31-09
Don't Be Duped by E-Cycling Scams - 5-28-09
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ANAB Announces Accreditation for Ethical e-Stewards Electronics Recycling Certification
6-4-09
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First Certification to halt the Exportation of
e-Waste to Developing Countries


4 June 2009 (Seattle, WA.) - The Basel Action Network (BAN) joined the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) today in announcing the launch of ANAB accreditation for the certifying bodies that will audit and certify the e-Stewards Certification program. At the heart of the new e-Stewards Certification is an ethical ‘gold standard’ for responsible electronic equipment recycling – the only such standard that will finally put a stop to the export of toxic electronic waste to developing countries; the use of prison and child labor; and the dumping of toxic materials into our local landfills.

Read the Media Release - 6-4-09
 
 
 
News Stories:
Electronics Recycling Certification May Halt Unethical Practices - 6-17-09
Ethical Electronics Recycling Certifiers Can Now Be Accredited - 6-12-09
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New "Ship Recycling" Convention Legalizes Scrapping Toxic Ships on Beaches of Poor Countries
5-15-09
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Videos:
Ship_Breaking.wmv
"A major step backwards"

15 May 2009 (Hong Kong) - At a United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) meeting this morning, human rights, labour and environmental organisations denounced a newly adopted international Convention on Ship Recycling as a failure, saying it would perpetuate hazardous and polluting shipbreaking on the beaches of the world's poorest countries, while obstructing transitions to safer and greener forms of ship recycling.

Read the Media Release - 5-15-09

I.M.O. Ship Recycling Convention Denounced as "Legal Shipwreck" - 5-11-09
 
 
ABC Radio Australia:
Convention tackles ship recycling pollution - 05-18-2009

Listen to the report: Windows Media

NPR Marketplace Morning Report:
New rules for ship recyclers to navigate - 05-15-2009

Listen to the report: Click here
Final Speech of the NGO Platform on Shipbreaking before the International Conference on the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships

Speech given by the NGO Platform on Shipbreaking on The Beaching Method
Submission: Platform Rebuttal to India on Beaching
Pamphlet: OFF the BEACH
Legal Shipwreck (Ban Briefing Paper) May 2009
Statement of Concern on IMO Convention
NGO Platform Submission to IMO
Draft IMO Convention

News Stories:
New convention slammed for legitimising beaching of ships - 5-18-09
63 gov'ts approve UN convention on ship recycling - 5-15-09
Agreement Stresses Greener, Safer Ship Recycling - 5-15-09
Dozens of nations sign treaty on shipbreaking - 5-15-09
Ship recycling leaves tide of death on Asia's beaches - 5-15-09
Agreement on Ship Recycling Wins Wide Support - 5-14-09
Making the ship recycling industry clean up its act - 5-14-09
Pressure groups call IMO draft 'green gloss' - 5-12-09
Safety urged in ship recycling - 5-12-09
Nations look to make ship 'recycling' safer - 5-11-09
IMO set to adopt ship recycling convention - 5-8-09
Scores die breaking down ships in Asia - 5-8-09
The Freighter Graveyards of South Asia - 5-8-09
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DELL Policy: No e-Waste Exports
5-12-09
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Environmentalists and Consumer Groups Applaud Dell’s Policy on E-Waste Export

12 March 2009 (San Francisco, CA) - Environmentalists and consumer groups applauded Dell for its announcement today of a policy that prohibits the export of toxic electronic waste to any developing country.

Read the Media Release - 5-12-09
 
 
 
Dell's Press Release:
Dell Takes Strong Stance Against Exporting E-Waste
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BAN Colleague Rizwana Hasan Wins Goldman Award for Courageous Work to End Unsustainable Shipbreaking
4-21-09
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2009 Goldman Environmental Prize Winners Beat 'Insurmountable' Odds - ENS - 4-20-09

Syeda Rizwana Hasan | Goldman Prize

Image ©Tom Dusenbery
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Victory for Safe Jobs and the Environment: High Court Halts Deadly Shipbreaking on the Beaches of Bangladesh
3-18-09
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18 March 2009 (Dhaka) - As a result of a petition filed by the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA), the Bangladeshi High Court has directed the Department of Environment (DoE) to ensure that all shipbreaking yards operating without environmental clearance close their operations within two weeks.

Read the Press Release - 3-18-09
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Editorial:
Ship-breaking shutdown - 3-19-09

Additional Press:
Save ship-breaking sector, cry jobless workers - 3-22-09
Court orders closure of Bangladesh scrapping yards - 3-18-09
Court Ruling Could Sink Bangladesh Shipbreaking Industry - 3-18-09
Ship-breaking ordered shut - 3-18-09
 
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Malaysia's Decision to Refuse CRT Glass from the US
4-3-09
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3 April 2008 - Recently, the Malaysian government decided to no longer accept any CRT glass from the United States, as of December 31, 2008. There appears to be confusion about what role, if any, BAN played in this nation’s decision. Here are the facts:

Read the Information Bulletin - 4-3-09
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CBS' 60 Minutes Segment:
Exposes E-Waste Dumping, Features BAN
11-10-08
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"Following The Trail Of Toxic E-Waste"

9 November 2008 - (CBS) 60 Minutes is going to take you to one of the most toxic places on Earth - a place government officials and gangsters don't want you to see. It's a town in China where you can't breathe the air or drink the water, a town where the blood of the children is laced with lead.

Read the 60 Minutes News Article - 11-9-08

"The Electronic Wasteland"

View the 60 Minutes News Segment - 11-9-08
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BAN Announces New e-Stewards Certification Program:
E-Stewards: Activists and industry join to certify responsible electronics recyclers - 11-10-08
Listen to the News Conference Audio - 11-10-08

BAN Releases New Film: E-Stewardship: Taking Responsibility in the IT Age

BAN Launches New e-Stewards Website: Visit e-Stewards.org
 

BAN’s Response to the ISRI Letter to CBS’s 60 Minutes Program Regarding US e-Waste Exports - 11-19-08

Additional Press:
E-waste destined to Ghana caught in Amsterdam port - 2-27-09
E-waste flowing on charity tag - 2-11-09
Englewood warehouse raided by ICE, EPA - 1-24-09
E-Waste Not - 1-8-09
State's e-cycling law takes effect Thursday - 12-30-08
Watchdogs Hound E-Waste Exports - 12-29-08
Oregon, Washington aim to keep high-tech recycling clean - 12-25-08
US Communities Find Better Ways to Recycle Toxic Electronic Waste - 12-1-08
EPA looking at Executive Recycling’s export practices - 11-21-08
Not in My Backyard: Stopping Illegal Export of Junked Televisions and Computers - 11-19-08
The Green Penguin – Where Does Your E-Waste Go? - 11-19-08
Responsible e-waste recycling - 11-15-08
Could your computer become a toxic threat? - 11-10-08
Groups to launch e-waste certification program - 11-10-08
SCOTT PELLEY AND CREW GET ROUGHED UP GETTING THE STORY OF TOXIC “E-WASTE” DUMPS IN CHINA – “60 MINUTES” SUNDAY ON CBS - 11-6-08

 
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GAO RELEASES NEW REPORT ON TOXIC E-WASTE EXPORT:
EPA unable to enforce rules, holds "little concern for the environment in other countries"
9-17-08
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Report paints shocking picture of "electronic waste anarchy" says environmental group

17 September 2008 - The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report on electronic waste today during a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment. The Electronics TakeBack Coalition, a national coalition of environmental and consumer groups promoting responsible recycling and green design in the electronics industry, applauded the report, hailing it as the U.S. government’s first comprehensive look at the magnitude of the problem of exporting toxic e-waste to developing nations.

Read the Press Release - 9-17-08
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Electronics TakeBack Coalition (ETBC) Press Release - 9-17-08

U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report
 
Additional Press:
Electronics dumping ground - 9-23-08
Report: EPA Lets Electronic Waste Flow "Virtually Unrestricted" - 9-22-08
GAO Report: U.S. Companies Still Exporting Toxic E-Waste - 9-19-08
Trashed Tech Dumped Overseas: Does the U.S. Care? - 9-19-08
EPA Faulted for Failing to Control E-Waste Exports - 9-18-08
Brown Calls For National E-Waste Export Ban - 9-17-08
EPA Lets Electronic Waste Flow Freely, GAO Report Says - 9-17-08
US Exporting Harmful E-waste to Other Countries - 9-17-08
 
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Waste Management Recycle America Commits to e-Stewards Pledge: World's Most Rigorous Environmental and Social Criteria for Electronic Waste Management
9-24-08
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First solid waste management company to commit to responsible e-waste handling and environmental preservation

24 September 2008 - Waste Management Recycle America (WM Recycle America) today announced its commitment to adopt the Electronics Recycler’s Pledge of True Stewardship for the dismantling and recycling of electronics waste (e-waste).

Read the Press Release - 9-24-08
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International NGOs Alarmed Over JPEPA
10-10-08
 
Ratification Tremendous Step Back for Environmental Justice

10 October 2008 (Quezon City) - International non-governmental organizations scored the Philippine Senate over the ratification of the controversial Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement or JPEPA. In a statement issued by various international NGOs, they stated that they "stand in solidarity with all of Philippine civil society in outrage over the ratification of the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement."

Read the Press Release - 10-10-08

Read the Statement of Solidarity - 10-9-08

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Press Releases:
Toxic Waste Exports in Asia Alarming - 9-26-08
JPEPA: POISON TO FILIPINOS - 9-8-08
Toxic Wastes in JPEPA a Real Threat (Japanese Translation) - 8-19-08
MAR HIT ON JPEPA CONSTITUTIONALITY - 8-12-08
Coffin, mourners march to Senate - 8-4-08
NO FOOD, NO JOBS, NO FUTURE with JPEPA - 4-21-08
Senate Urge to Uphold People's Interest vs JPEPA - 4-16-08
Citizen's Coalition Vows to Escalate Action against JPEPA - 4-10-08

Additional Press:
Conditional approving of RP-Japan trade advised - 4-24-09
Anti-JPEPA groups ask SC to act on petition - 12-11-08
SC asked to void RP-Japan trade pact - 12-4-08
Philippine Senate ratifies controversial trade deal with Japan - 10-9-08
Indonesia's Experience Debunks Claim of JPEPA Gains - 9-4-08
‘JPEPA fashionable but not timely’--expert - 8-27-08
‘RP gave too many concessions to Japan in free trade deal’ - 8-27-08
Santiago eases phantom fear of waste from Japan - 8-9-08
Junk JPEPA, Appeal Bishops - 8-4-08
'Fixing' flawed JPEPA - 5-8-08
Japanese condemn JPEPA too! - 4-24-08

Video:
SAYONARA JPEPA - 8-27-08
QTV: Group holds protest rally vs JPEPA - 5-5-08
 
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House of Representatives Considers Resolution to Ban the Export of Toxic E-Waste to Developing Nations
7-31-08
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Call for Co-Sponsors in Washington State

31 July 2008 (Washington, DC, Seattle, WA.) - The Basel Action Network and the Electronics TakeBack Coalition applauded U.S. Representative Gene Green (D-TX), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials, for introducing a congressional resolution today (H.Res. 1395) that calls for the U.S. to join other nations around the world that have banned the export of toxic e-waste to developing countries. This resolution could be the precursor for future legislation.

Read the Press Release - 7-31-08
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Copy of House Resolution 1395:
Expressing concern over the current Federal policy that allows the exportation of toxic electronic waste to developing nations - 7-31-08

U.S. Congressman Gene Green, Press Release:
Green's House resolution opposes toxic e-waste exports - 7-31-08
 
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United Nations Waste Treaty Postpones Long Awaited Toxic Waste Dumping Ban
6-27-08
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27 June 2008 (Bali, Indonesia.) - The week-long 9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention ended today with little progress in breaking the deadlock that is preventing a global toxic waste dumping ban from entering the force of international law. An effort promoted by Japan, Canada, New Zealand and India to require the amendment to gather 128 ratifications, instead of 62 of those that agreed to it in 1995, met a vigorous rejection led by many African and Arab countries that seek the earliest entry into force possible.

Read the Press Release - 6-27-08
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Speech of Mr. Jim Puckett (Basel Action Network) - World Forum on Waste Management for Human Health and Livelihood - 6-26-08

BAN Briefing Papers (Updated June 2008):
#1: The Basel Ban: A Triumph for Global Environmental Justice
#2: The US Must Ratify the Entire Basel Convention (or not at all)
#3: Annex VII Expansion? – Say 'No' to Attempts to Undo the Basel Ban
#4: The Basel Ban Amendment: Entry Into Force = Now!
#5: UN Failure: IMO Ship Scrap Treaty Legalizes Toxic Ship Dumping
#6: Package Deal: Four Treaties to Fight Pollution
#7: Hazardous Waste Recycling: No Justification for Toxic Trade
#8: Running From Basel: How the Convention is Deliberately Undermined
#9: The 3R Initiative: A Mask for Toxic Trade?
#10: Preventing the Digital Dump: Ending "Re-use Abuse"
#11: Building Toxic Waste Colonies: Japan’s Economic Partnership Agreement

BAN Paper Distributed at COP9:
Basel Convention Ban Amendment – Entry into Force Country Analysis

Additional Papers Distributed at COP9:
Summary of NGO Comments on the Kobe 3R Action Plan of the G8
The NGO Platform's Green Ship Recycling Standard – Draft 2

Additional Press:
Toxic waste export harder to control, despite Basel Convention - 7-1-08
Fail to agree on banning toxic waste exports at UN conference - 6-27-08
 
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U.S. Government OK's Illegal Trafficking in Hazardous Electronic Waste
6-23-08
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New "Responsible Recycling" Standard Slammed

23 June 2008 (Seattle/Bali, Indonesia) - On the opening day of the 9th Conference of Parties to the Basel Convention, taking place in Bali, Indonesia, the Basel Action Network (BAN) today slammed the US Environmental Protection Agency for sponsoring and funding the development of a U.S. e-waste recycling standard that knowingly allows US "recyclers" to continue to export some lead-tin soldered circuit boards to countries that are likely to forbid their importation from the US.

Read the Press Release - 6-23-08
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BAN Press Release (International Version):
U.S. Government OK's Illegal Trafficking in Hazardous Electronic Waste - 6-23-08

BAN Press Release (US Version):
EPA's Electronic Waste Recycling Standard Denounced for Allowing Global Toxic Dumping - 6-23-08

BAN R2 Standard Critique:
EPA's "Responsible Recycling" Standards Won't Stop e-Waste Dumping
 
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Environmental Victory for Proper Ship Scrapping!
5-16-08
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Finally Decontaminated, the "Otapan" leaves Amsterdam for Turkey

16 May 2008 (Amsterdam, Netherlands) - Environmentalists toasted a major victory today as the saga of the controversial ship Otapan finally appears to be coming to a happy ending as it sailed Thursday night cleaned and decontaminated from Amsterdam to the Turkish shipbreaking yards of Aliaga, Turkey near Izmir.

Read the Press Release - 5-16-08

The Otapan Principles - 5-12-08
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A warning for those recycling electronics
4-18-08
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Concerns are raised about where junk taken to free events ends up

18 April 2008 - Green-minded consumers beware. Free electronics collection events touted as planet friendly aren't always as ecologically sound as they seem, says a watchdog group focused on preventing the export of dangerous e-waste.

Read the news article - 4-18-08
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Additional Press:
The 'green' way to dump electronic junk - 4-21-08
Recycle That Computer Hidden in Your Closet - 4-20-08

NPR News Story on 1-800-GOT-JUNK?: Click Here to listen

BAN Press Releases:
Beware Free Electronic Waste Collection Events 'For the Environment' – Activists Voice Concern over 1-800-GOT-JUNK? April 19 Event - 4-15-08
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Beware Electronics "Recyclers" that Don't Recycle
1-7-08
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Consumers Warned of e-Waste Recyclers that Ship Old TVs or Computers to Developing Countries -- Urged to Use "e-Stewards"

Read the Press Release - 1-7-08
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Additional Press:
Warning over e-waste cowboys - 1-9-08
 
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Environmentalists Warn of Illegal Export of Toxic Naval Vessel from Baltimore
11-13-07
 
Ship Loaded with Toxic PCBs and Asbestos Could "Slip Away in the Night"

Read the Press Release - 11-13-07
 
 
Legal Fillings:
Preliminary Injunction Order (Document 10) - 7-3-08
Decision on Defendant's Motion to Dismiss (Document 9) - 7-3-08

Additional Press:
EPA sues to keep decaying ship from leaving U.S. - 3-21-08
EPA sues to stop Sanctuary owner from towing boat to Greece - 3-19-08
Ex-hospital ship has toxic PCBs, report shows - 11-15-07
Plan for hospital ship questioned - 11-13-07
 
 
Proposed waste law to officially turn India into global waste destination: Environmentalists
11-14-07
 
Draft promotes waste trade over health and environment

Read the Press Release - 11-14-07
 
Warning: Washington State’s e-Waste Rules will Send Old Toxic Computers to Developing Countries
9-12-07
 
12 September 2007 (Seattle, Washington) - The Seattle-based toxic trade watchdog organization Basel Action Network (BAN) in a letter to the governor today warned that the draft rules for implementing Washington's upcoming program requiring electronics manufacturers to collect and recycle electronic waste across the state will allow foreign dumping of waste electronics containing toxic substances such as mercury, lead, beryllium and brominated flame retardants, and will cause more global harm than good.

Read the Press Release - 9-12-07

Images ©2007 Basel Action Network
 
 
Additional Press:
State recycling plan could be poison for other countries - 9-12-07
 
BAN's Letter to the Governor:
www.ban.org/library/Gregoireletter.html - 9-12-07

Detailed Response to the Proposed Regulations:
www.ban.org/library/ecology.html - 8-30-07

Information on the New Law: www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/swfa/eproductrecycle

For photos of devastating toxics e-dumping in developing countries see: www.ban.org/photogallery/index.html
 
 
Environmentalists Applaud Sony Recycling Announcement