布希政府計畫將9艘前海軍艦隊「艦魂」（Ghost Fleet）從維吉尼亞州占姆士河運送到英國堤斯德（Teesside, England）銷毀，不過，根據英國回收船商愛柏（Able UK）指出，這個計畫最終還是破局。
2003年10月，地球正義（Earthjustice）代表巴賽爾行動網（the Basel Action Network）和山巒協會俱樂部（the Sierra Club）控告美國環保署及商務部海運管理署（Maritime Administration），不讓美國將遭到污染的棄用海軍艦艇運送到國外摧毀。
The Bush administration's plan to export nine ex-naval "Ghost Fleet" vessels from the James River in Virginia to Teesside, England for scrapping has itself been finally scrapped, according to British ship-breaker Able UK.
American environmental groups responsible for first blocking the deal in 2003 applauded its end as a victory for American recyclers, and for national environmental responsibility and self-sufficiency in toxic waste management.
In October 2003, the Basel Action Network and the Sierra Club, represented by Earthjustice, sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Maritime Administration, MARAD, to prevent the resumption of U.S. exports of contaminated decommissioned naval.
The U.S. District Court in Washington, DC ruled that four vessels could cross the Atlantic as their export was mandated by Congress, but prohibited the departure of the remaining nine until MARAD completed an Environmental Impact Assessment, obtained proper authorization to export toxic PCBs, and ensured the existence of an adequate dismantling facility in the UK.
Now, after three and a half years, MARAD has decided to annul the contract because the intended ship-breaker, Able UK, has been unable to obtain the permits required to conduct its business in Teesside, England.
"The death of this contract is good news for the environment and for American workers," said Martin Wagner of Earthjustice. "The management of U.S. toxic waste is a U.S. responsibility. Why dump our trash in other countries when we can take care of it here and create new jobs at the same time?"
It is expected that the nine ships in the James River will now be put up to bid for domestic ship recyclers. It is unclear what will happen to four U.S. ships that sit rusting in Teesside. The vessels contain tons of materials contaminated with carcinogenic and toxic substances such as PCBs, asbestos, mercury, and used fuel.