At least five domestic companies have protested the export of these ships and expressed strong interest in bringing the jobs to their facilities.
"These ships are the United States' environmental problem, and we can and should deal with them here," said Earthjustice attorney Martin Wagner. "We're concerned that these ships are the tip of a toxic iceberg consisting of over 150 other decaying, poison-laden US ships that the Bush administration plans to send to developing countries like India and Bangladesh, where environmental and worker-protection standards are nearly non-existent."
"This scheme is sadly misguided, said Mike Town of Sierra Club's Virginia Chapter. "We have facilities that can do this job right here in Virginia and provide much needed jobs while sending a signal to the world that we solve our problems, we don't just export them."
Meanwhile in Europe, the protests are growing daily as the four ships approach that continent. European Environment Commissioner Margot Wallstrom has protested and written letters to the US asking that the ships not be sent to England. Many European parliamentarians have objected to the ship export and the issue is on the agenda of the full European Parliament in Strasbourg. This week, the Basel Action Network will present its concerns over the plan to the Basel Convention delegates in Geneva.