Campaigners have recently lost a battle to stop an asbestos laden vessel being allowed into the UK for dismantling. The campaign to stop the vessel being allowed in for dismantling at County Durham has failed at the Court of Appeal.

The vessel in question is the Clemenceau, which was once a flagship navy vessel for the French Navy. However, it has been deemed too toxic to be dismantled in Indian breaker’s yards, and it has now been decided that it will be dismantled in Hartlepool by Able UK.

The campaign by the group Friends of Hartlepool was aimed at challenging an earlier High Court decision in September, where permission was given for the vessel entry to the UK to go ahead. However, the appeal has now been dismissed, with the judges stating that they would be giving their reasons at a later date.

Lawyers working with the campaign group said that the decision of the Health and Safety Executive to allow the vessel to come to the UK for dismantling was unlawful because of the asbestos. There is thought to be 760 tonnes of asbestos on the vessel along with other toxic substances. Asbestos is a known carcinogenic, and can cause a range of health problems through exposure, including scarring of the lungs, respiratory problems, and asbestos related cancer.

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