NEW DELHI —India's Supreme Court has allowed the Exxon Valdez, the oil tanker involved in one of the worst U.S. oil spills, to be dismantled in western Gujarat state.
It said the ship owners would have to pay for disposal of any toxic substances found during its dismantling.
The ship, now known as the Oriental Nicety, entered Indian waters in May. It was denied permission to anchor at Alang after an environmental activist petitioned the top court, saying it contained toxic substances.
In 1989, millions of gallons of crude oil spewed into Alaska's ecologically sensitive Prince William Sound when the Exxon Valdez dashed against rocks, causing incalculable environmental damage.