Environmentalists Don't Want French Ship to go to India
Thursday, December 29, 2005
The groups Ban Asbestos and the National Association for the Defense of Asbestos Victims, or ANDEVA, held meetings with the office of France's defense minister. The groups hope to stop the transfer of the decommissioned aircraft carrier Clemenceau to India, where it is to be scrapped. The dispute centers on the amount of asbestos that is still present on the ship, even after some insulation has already been removed. Many fear that workers in Asian countries are not sufficiently protected from dangerous substances such as asbestos while they dismantle the ships.