Brazil prepares to sink aircraft carrier full of dangerous toxic substances, environmentalists warn
Brazil is about to sink an aircraft carrier full of pollutants
Environmentalists have criticized this decision
Environmentalists have called it very harmful to the environment
Brasília. Brazil is going to do something about the Atlantic Sea that has been criticized by environmentalists. Brazil plans to sink one of its 3,000 ton aircraft carriers filled with toxic substances. It has been in the Atlantic for months in damaged condition. It contains a large amount of polluting substances. The nearly six-decade-old Sao Paulo warship will now be scrapped, the Navy and Defense Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. The Ministry of Defense has stated that in view of the increased risk of the vessel, there is no choice but to sink it in a planned (controlled) manner. Environmentalists have criticized it saying it is full of toxic substances that are extremely harmful to the environment.
Environmentalists attacked the decision, saying the aircraft carrier was carrying tons of asbestos, heavy metals and other toxic substances that could leach into the water and pollute the marine food chain, according to news agency South China Morning Post. Jim Puckett, director of the Basel Action Network (BAN), accused the Brazilian Navy of gross negligence. He said if they jettisoned the highly toxic ship in the Atlantic Ocean they would violate the terms of international environmental treaties. Meanwhile, French environmental group Robin des Bois has branded the ship a 30,000 tonne toxic package.
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There was a plan to destroy only last year
Last year, Brazil allowed the Turkish firm Sok Denizlik to dismantle Sao Paulo for scrap. But in August, just as a tug was about to take her to the Mediterranean, Turkish environment officials put the plan on hold. Brazil then brought the carrier back, but did not allow it to enter the port, citing high environmental risks. The Brazilian Navy said it towed the vessel 350 km (215 mi) off the coast of Brazil in waters 5,000 meters deep. The Navy has called it the safest area for operations.
Remember that this aircraft carrier, built in France in the late 1950s, was operated by the French Navy for 37 years. The aircraft carrier has earned a place in the naval history of the 20th century. He took part in the first French nuclear tests in the Pacific in the 1960s and in deployments in Africa, the Middle East and the former Yugoslavia in the 1970s to 1990s.
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