Friends of the Earth's Director, Tony Juniper, said:
"We believe that the Environment Agency has acted unlawfully in allowing the modification of this waste management licence. Unless the Environment Agency revokes or justifies its decision, we will seek judicial review.
"It is outrageous that these boats have been allowed to leave the US, as permission has not been granted for the boats to be dismantled and disposed of in a dry dock on Teesside. We are extremely disappointed with UK authorities, including the Environment Agency, English Nature and the Coastguard, for agreeing to allow these boats to come to Teesside. Their ghost fleet decision may come back to haunt them. These toxic ships should be disposed of in the US, and not sent on a hazardous cross-Atlantic voyage to be dumped on the north east."
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