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Harmful pollutant banned from being dumped at sea
2:10pm Monday 28th October 2013 in News
A POLLUTANT that killed thousands of birds along the south coast – including many in Hampshire – will no longer be dumped at sea after a worldwide ban was agreed.
Earlier this year in February, more than 4,000 birds were killed or injured by the chemical polyisobutene (PIB) between Cornwall and Sussex and on the Channel Islands.
Now the International Maritime Orginisation (IMO) has reclassified PIBs, as of next year. It means that ships will only be able to wash their tanks and dispose of all PIB residues while in port.
The move has been welcomed by animal welfare charities.
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