>India Bans Former U.S. Passenger Ship for TSCA Violation

>Recently, the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests issued an Office Memorandum denying permission for the beaching and breaking of the former U.S. passenger ship Platinum-II. The memorandum cited violation of the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and allegations that the ship had been brought into India with a falsified flag and registry. The Ministry relied to the Precautionary Principle in reaching its decision.

Note: The ship was previously named the SS Oceanic and, prior to that, the SS Independence. On January 29, 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a press release stating that it had settled an administrative complaint against the owners of the SS Oceanic for alleged illegal distribution and export of a PCB-containing ship. The two companies paid a total of $518,500 to resolve two TSCA violations related to the removal of the ship from the United States without EPA approval.

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