Asbestos hazards issue in Blue Lady case

Senior Advocate Gopal Subramanium who was appointed Additional Solicitor General of India in the Supreme Court on 8th April, 2005 began his arguments today (on 30 August) in the matter of Hazardous wastes/ship-breaking/Blue Lady case. He dwelt on the use, reuse and safe use of asbestos, asbestos containing material and asbestos wastes. He was assisted by former Additional Solicitor-General Mukul Rohatgi who explained to the bench that there is difference between hazardous waste and hazardous material but forgot to tell what is the status of hazardous material meant for disposal. The arguments began at 2 PM and it was abruptly stopped at 2.30 PM. The arguments will continue tomorrow wherein the impermissibility, illegal traffic of Blue Lady and the recommendations of the Committee of Technical Experts on Hazardous wastes pertaining to ship-breaking will come up for discussion. It may be noted that the issue of asbestos is quite pertinent since this will set precedent of continued use of asbestos in India. Sanjay Parikh, a well known environmental lawyer who has been arguing the hazardous wastes case since 1995 will put his arguments after the submission of the Additional Solicitor General of India and the former Additional Solicitor-General.

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