controversy in Turkey over "asbestos bomb" Brazilian

The Turkish Medical Association has urged the government not to accept the Brazilian warship Nei São Paulo, but to dispose of it in Turkey due to the danger to the environment and public health.

It comes amid an ongoing backlash against Turkey’s Ministry of Environment and Urbanization’s approval of the dismantling of a Brazilian Navy warship, referred to by experts as an “asbestos bomb”, in Aliaga, Izmir.

The Turkish Medical Association said on its Twitter account that it would go out of its way to prevent a ship allegedly containing 600 tons of asbestos from entering the country.

“According to publicly available information, we have learned that the Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change has given permission to transport the Brazilian Navy ship NAe Sao Paulo, loaded with hazardous waste, especially asbestos, to Izmir for dismantling. Medical Association, we respectfully inform the public that we will continue to take every possible scientific and legal action to ensure that a ship that poses a serious threat to public health is not brought to Belden.”

It should be noted that asbestos-related diseases include non-malignant diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis (pulmonary fibrosis caused by asbestos), diffuse pleural penetration, pleural plaques, pleural effusion, circular atelectasis, as well as malignant tumors such as lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma. .

Source: Turkish newspaper Zaman.

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