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Chemical that Killed Hundreds of Birds off Dorset Coast Banned

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12:55pm 22nd October 2013

Ships have been banned from dumping a chemical oil at sea after it killed hundreds of seabirds off the Dorset coast.

The International Maritime Organisation has announced the new rules on PIB at a conference in London.

Wildlife charities have welcomed the news that ships can no longer discharge the oil from their engines at sea.

The chemical was responsible for the deaths of over 4 thousand seabirds up and down the coast earlier this year - hundreds were washed up on Chesil Beach and on Portland.

From 2014 ships will only be allowed to discharge the oil at a port.

An investigation to find the vessel responsible for incident was never found.

Alec Taylor, Marine Policy Officer for the RSPB said;

"We are delighted with the action taken by the IMO. The global trade in PIB products is increasing and with it the risks to our precious marine environment.

Today's global ban on the deliberate discharge of high viscosity PIBs into our seas is a real step forward and one that we hope will end this particular pollution threat to seabirds and other marine life."

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