War Waste

Les guerres éclatent, les guerres s’arrêtent, les armistices sont signés, les monuments aux morts fleurissent, les souvenirs se fanent, les résidus de la guerre restent et continuent à polluer et à mutiler. La Belgique, la France, à l’épicentre des deux dernières guerres mondiales, l’Allemagne et l’Angleterre hébergent dans leurs sols des milliers de munitions de toutes sortes et de tous calibres, chimiques ou conventionnelles, dégradées et encore actives. Les campagnes et consignes de déminage manquent de souffle et de budget. La filière déchets de guerre est à construire.

(Français) Inventaire des déchets de guerre Régions Atlantique-Manche, 1er janvier 2008-31 décembre 2013

2 Jun 2014

(Français) Inventaire des déchets de guerre Régions Atlantique-Manche, 1er janvier 2008-31 décembre 2013
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Destruction of Syrian Chemical Weapons n°3

29 Jan 2014

Destruction of Syrian Chemical Weapons n°3

The U.S. Cape Ray is heading towards the Mediterranean Sea.

Its mission is to destroy onboard the so-called priority one substances from Syrian chemical weapons at sea in international waters. For the moment the Field Deployable Hydrolysis System (FDHS) has only been tested, at sea… with water. The FDHS was constructed to be operated on land. Robin des Bois has already voiced opposition to this option favoured by the OPCW and the United States (See information note n°1 and n°2).

The Cape Ray scenario has been put in place to “avoid having to put these materials on somebody’s territory where you have to deal with all the political and environmental conditions associated with doing that under local law” as Mr. Frank Kendall the US. Under Secretary of Defence said early January. However, this option of not neutralising chemical weapons in somebody’s back yard will actually take place in everybody’s back yard. The high seas are the common heritage of mankind.

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Destruction of Syrian Chemical Weapons n°2

16 Jan 2014

Neutralizing Syrian chemical weapons on board the Cape Ray, a cargo ship converted into an industrial platform, situated in international waters will make it possible to avoid national regulations.

This worldwide first will transform the high seas into a free zone, free from any democratic controls and environmental and social constraints. The OPCW and the United States state that 500 tonnes of Syrian’s priority substances will be treated at sea in a couple of weeks whereas the final destruction of America’s chemical weapons will not be finished before 2023. On land, the United States is hoping to treat 3,100 tonnes in 10 years. At sea, they are convinced that they can treat 500 tonnes within 4 weeks.

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Destruction of Syrian Chemical Weapons

26 Dec 2013

Destruction of Syrian Chemical Weapons

Update January 3, 2014 – 10:15 AM

Treatment of Syrian chemical substances onboard the American ship Cape Ray is a default solution. It follows Northern European countries’ refusal to directly dispose of the precursor chemical ammunition in specialized facilities (*). This operation on the high seas would install industrialization of the world’s oceans.

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How Does France Manage Old Chemical Weapons?

19 Dec 2013

Update

October 14, 2013 : a ministerial decree permits ASTRIUM to build SECOIA at Mailly-le-Camp.

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For 13 years, Robin des Bois has been working on the war waste issue including chemical weapons. Considering the current state of development it seems useful to review the doctrine and the actual practice of France in relation to the international Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction known as the Chemical Weapons Convention. The majority of chemical weapons to be destroyed on French territory were made with phosgene and chloropicrin, mustard gas and chlorobenzene, zinc tetrachloride, arsenic and cyanide.

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(Français) L’EUROPE, Prix Nobel de la guerre !

9 Nov 2012

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(Français) Les nouveaux risques pyrotechniques de Toulouse

31 Oct 2012

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(Français) En attendant les démineurs – Inventaires des déchets de guerre du 1er janvier 2008 au 31 décembre 2011

31 Aug 2012

(Français) En attendant les démineurs – Inventaires des déchets de guerre du 1er janvier 2008 au 31 décembre 2011

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(Français) Convention OSPAR pour la protection de l’Atlantique du Nord-Est

26 Jun 2009

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(Français) Lettre ouverte sur un secret

13 May 2008

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