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The practice of exporting and dismantling ships has caused international protests as they contain toxic materials. In 2007, following studies that found that 20 tons of lead paint had flaked off the Ghost Fleet in San Francisco, environmentalist groups sued to have them removed. The federal Maritime Administration has agreed to remove more than 50 of the ships as a result, 25 of which will be removed by 2012 and the remainder by 2017.
VICTORVILLE — Cemex cement company has agreed to trade a mining contract in Los Angeles County for up to 8,000 acres of federal land near Victorville, which will then be sold to the city. The deal is dependent on legislation introduced to Congress late last week by U.S. Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita. McKeon’s proposal would cancel two ten-year mining contracts in Soledad Canyon that CEMEX has with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. In exchange, CEMEX would be compensated with land near Victorville equal in value to the company’s investment in the canceled contracts.
The deal is dependent on legislation introduced to Congress late last week by U.S. Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita.