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Philippine Coastguard siezed 53,000 metric tons of hazardous waste from South Korea

Source: Philippine Coastguard

Manila, Philippines - Last Saturday, November 23, The Philippine Coastguard had siezed 53,000 metric tons of hazardous waste from a merchant vessel that had arrived in Zambales.

Upon investigation the solid waste material has originated from Gwangyang Port, South Korea and bound for San Mateo, Rizal. The crews and crane operator of Liberian-flagged vessel who are unloading the shipments were arrested by the Philippine Coastguard and National Bureau of Investigation. The authorities had explained to them about the violation the committed which is under the Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act and the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of the Philippines.

 The shipments has been foun out as phosphogypsum which contain radioactive elements harmful to human health and the environment. Last year August the authorities had also confiscated toxic materials from two different international vessels. And recently the authorities are working to shipback in South Korea the 5,000 metric tons of toxic material out from 6,500 metric tons which was shipped last July and October.

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