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Countries could be banned from exporting ships

European Union (EU) countries should be banned from exporting ships for scrapping abroad, unless they are completely stripped of dangerous substances first, the European Parliament environment committee has proposed.

This amendment to a proposed regulation on waste shipments will need to be adopted by the full parliament to survive.

The committee also proposed changing the text to tighten rules requiring EU member states to inspect waste cargoes before they are exported and also to discourage exports of household rubbish.

MEPs however rejected proposals that waste transfers should be blocked, if waste could be processed in the generating country.

Another casualty was a suggestion that waste exports for recovery should only be allowed if a receiving country was to immediately process the waste, rather than stockpiling it for later treatment.

Meanwhile, the committee expressed surprise that the European Commission was considering scrapping the legislation altogether under an ongoing legislative rationalisation scheme, although a final decision is awaited.

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