Call To Stop Hazardous Waste Shipments Through The Caribbean Sea

Thursday 03rd, January 2013 / 08:20 Published by

Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Dr. Kenny Anthony, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, 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 people of the Region.

The call was made on Friday ahead of the transshipment of Vitrified High Level Waste from the United Kingdom to Japan through the Caribbean Sea.

“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, Caribbean business communities 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,” Prime Minister Anthony said in a statement.

The full text of the statement reads:

“It has come to the attention of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) that a new shipment of Vitrified High Level Waste will soon leave the United Kingdom for Japan transiting the Caribbean Sea.

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.

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, Caribbean business communities 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.

CARICOM intensifies its 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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