Greenpeace activists today broke into the Swiss office of a waste firm it has accused of planning to dump hazardous and radioactive waste at sea in contravention of international conventions. The group said its activists broke into the Lugano office of Oceanic Disposal Management to remove papers for the public prosecutor to examine. It accuses ODM of planning to dump waste in the Black Sea in sealed canisters known as "free fall penetrators" despite a warning from the International Maritime Organisation. Greenpeace said today that the firm was part of a "large waste Mafia network specialised in illegal waste management activities". In response, ODM's Technical Director Giorgio Comerio described the allegations as "pure fantasy". He argued that the scheme would cause no harm to people or the environment and that the "spirit" of international laws governing waste trade and dumping at sea would not be breached. Mr Comerio also said that the company would be taking legal action against Greenpeace activists for breaking and entering its premises.
Greenpeace International, tel: + 31 20 523 6200; Oceanic Disposal Management, tel: +41 91 921 4242.
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