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What happens when ideology and common sense collide

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I read recently in The Guardian about how Australian chemicals company Orica has announced that it had applied to ship a significant stockpile of chemical waste to France to end a long-running saga over how to dispose of it.

The company has 15,000 tonnes of hexachlorobenzene (HCB) – a byproduct of solvent manufacturing and suspected human carcinogen – stored at Botany in Sydney’s south that it has been trying to get rid of for years.  It was produced between 1963 and 1991.

Australia has no suitable disposal facilities of its own.

It has previously tried to send it to both Denmark and Germany, but its plans met with opposition from global NGO, Greenpeace.

According to the Guardian report, Greenpeace said it was opposed to countries exporting hazardous waste owing to shipping risks, and was against incineration, which was what would happen in France.

Greenpeace’s Australia and Pacific head of research and…

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