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.

2017 : The Bastille Day is nuclear

14 Jul 2017

2017 : The Bastille Day is nuclear

July 14, 2017. (9h26 Paris time).

Unfortunately France and the United States of America have published a joint statement to name the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons as a nuisance and a threat to World peace. (1)

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted on July 7, 2017 by 122 States with support of the United Nations. It was inspired by the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons initiated by France. It completes the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and the Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. The preamble mentions not only the catastrophic consequences of use of nuclear ammunition but also the risk of accidental triggering.

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(Français) Groningue, Verdun, Hiroshima : villes jumelées

27 May 2016

(Français) Groningue, Verdun, Hiroshima : villes jumelées

Only in French.

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The Cape Ray arrives in Northern Europe

20 Aug 2014

The US Navy chemical factory ship will in the coming days proceed into the Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of Biscay heading towards the North sea.

The Cape Ray is loaded with 6000 tons of chemical aqueous and solid waste issued from the neutralization in the Mediterranean Sea of 560 tons of precursors of the Syrian chemical weapons.

The Cape Ray mission was carried out from July 9th to August 18th. It consisted in diluting precursors of sarin (540t) and of sulfur mustard agent (20t) pulled out of the Syrian territory. Only laconic communiqués from the Pentagon have dotted this sea run neutralization. No circumstantial account of weather conditions, ship spottings, technical uncertainties, air release has been published.

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Destruction of Syrian Chemical Weapons (n°5)

26 Jun 2014

According to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) the most challenging phase towards the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons has just ended with the removal of the last declared precursors and other chemicals from Syrian soil. This first step was constantly delayed in spite of a good knowledge of the associated risks and the participation by numerous State Parties of the OPCW Convention.

However, the next step will enter into unknown territory. The plan is to neutralise 20 metric tonnes of mustard agent and 540 metric tonnes of sarin precursor at sea.

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Destruction of Syrian Chemical Weapons n°4

11 Jun 2014

Destruction of Syrian Chemical Weapons n°4

Since the beginning of the year two vessels, loaded with agents for chemical weapons, have been rocking and rolling in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. There exact location is confidential. The Ark Futura is a 180 meter long RoRo ship operating under the Danish flag. The crew is multinational. The Taiko is a 262 meter long RoRo ship operating under the Norway International flag. In the case of a collision or fire this type of vessel, which can be likened to a floating parking lot, is very vulnerable and will sink quickly.

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(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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