2004 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 1 Jul 2004 16:18:30 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: Ghost Fleet Export Delayed
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Hearing likely to delay ghost fleet ships' export

The postponement means there is little chance any ships will go to
England this year.

Daily Press (VA)
June 30 2004

WASHINGTON -- A federal judge has postponed until the fall a hearing on
a lawsuit challenging the government's authority to export nine obsolete
ships from the James River Reserve Fleet to Great Britain for disposal.

The hearing, originally set for Aug. 6, has been rescheduled for Oct. 1,
according to a motion issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer.

The delay means there is now virtually no chance that any ships from the
so-called ghost fleet will be sent to England this year, officials agreed.

Environmental activists sued the U.S. Maritime Administration last year,
claiming the effort to send 13 ships from the fleet to England would
violate laws banning the export of hazardous waste. The ships contain
asbestos and toxic polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, officials say.

Collyer allowed the first four ships to depart last year, but issued a
temporary restraining order blocking the rest from leaving the James
until after a further review by the court.


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