India: France recalls decommissioned aircraft carrier Clemenceau, that was going to be dismantled in India, over concerns for environmental and worker safety - Greenpeace welcomes move
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Author: Hindu [India]
Describing the recall of the toxic ship Clemenceau as a victory for the environment, Greenpeace on Thursday called upon the Indian ship-breaking industry to take advantage of the opportunity to upgrade it to international standards and in line with national and international laws on human rights and environment... Trade unions, Corporate Accountability Desk, The Other Media, and Ban Asbestos India have welcomed the recall of Clemenceau.
French President Jacques Chirac's decision to order the asbestos-lined warship Clemenceau back to France was a 'big blow' that could cost thousands of jobs for the Indian shipbreaking industry...said...Girish Luthra, chairman of Gujarat Enviro Protection and Infrastructure, whose company was due to remove the toxic materials from the vessel...'This particular ship could have given 300 to 400 workers jobs. Overall I am sure this would have given work to 5,000 to 10,000 people,' he told Agence France-Presse.