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A Toxics-Free Future

National Toxics Network and others object to the transfer of hazardous waste from Australia to France for incineration

UPDATE, 27 July, 2014: French reject Orica's toxic waste

Australian Broadcasting Corporation news story featuring Dr. Mariann Lloyd-Smith, IPEN Senior Advisor and former Co-Chair

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IPEN joined Australian Participating Organization National Toxics Network and others in objecting to the international transfer of hazardous waste from Australia to France for incineration. This is the third attempt by the company Orica to export its toxic Hexachlorobenzene (HCB) stockpile to another country for incineration. Previous attempts to export the waste to Germany and then Denmark were rejected after public outrage and community demonstrations. The German and Danish governments concluded that Australia has a legal responsibility to manage its own waste and is financially and technically capable of doing so. 

Additionally, transport of such a large amount of toxic POPs waste across the globe is in itself hazardous. 
Other signatures to the letter to Australia's Minister for the Environment include Doctors for the Environment Australia, Greenpeace Australia, Friends of the Earth, Movement for Rights and Respect for Future Generations (France), Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, Basel Action Network and the Nature Conservation Council.
Read the letter and the formal objection.