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Navy ‘Sinkex’ raises pollution fear
Fox News, 3rd March 2012
In 2005, the USS America aircraft carrier was towed out to sea on her final voyage. Hundreds of miles off the Atlantic coast, U.S. Navy personnel then blasted the 40-year-old warship with missiles and bombs until it sank. The massive Kitty-Hawk class carrier -- more than three football fields long -- came to rest in the br...
Arctic Ice Melting, Ozone Layer Depleting
Praveen Narayan, International Business Time, 3rd March 2012
Research carried out by Nasa in the Arctic Ocean has revealed the adverse effects of large-scale melting of ice that is depleting the ozone layer. Researchers found that the ice formation taking place in the Arctic region is seasonal and that unlike the ice usually found in the region, it is thinner and saltier. The format...
City leads fight
Felix Chaudhary, The Fiji Times Online, 2nd March 2012
The Lautoka City Council was acknowledged as a pioneer in monitoring illegal refrigeration business activities. Speaking to about 200 refrigeration industry wholesalers, retailers, contractors and technicians in Nadi on Wednesday, ozone depleting substance inspector Seru Ramakita said the council was a leading light in the...
NHPC Fined Rs 75 Lakh for Dumping of Waste
iSikkim, , 2nd March 2012
In a move which should caution power developers to avoid illegal dumping of waste like excavated debris, the Department of Forests, Environment and Wildlife in Sikkim has fined NHPC (Formerly National Hydroelectric Power Corporation) Rs 75 lakh for violation of Forest laws and unauthorized dumping of muck at Elaichi Khola a...
An attempt to smuggle more than 19 tones of ozone-depleting substances to the Russian Federation was curbed in St. Petersburg
UNEP OzonAction, 2nd March 2012
Officers of the Chief Department for Economic Security and Anti-Corruption of the Ministry of Home Affairs of Russia detected that organized gang members purchased refrigerants R12 and R113 (import banned in Russia) and R22 and R141b (require license and quota) in the People’s Republic of China. Thereafter the documentati...
Indonesia Seeks to Return Hazardous Waste to Britain, Netherlands
Fidelis E. Satriastanti, The Jakarta Globe, 29th February 2012
Indonesia is seeking to return toxic waste to the countries it originated from after 113 shipping containers seized recently at a Jakarta port were confirmed to contain hazardous materials. The State Ministry of the Environment announced in Jakarta on Tuesday that the material imported by Hwang Hook Steel (HHS) was proven ...
Refrigeration industry: Adopting ozone friendly alternatives
The Express Tribune, 28th February 2012
Five refrigerator manufacturing companies in Pakistan hope to replace, by 2013, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) with cyclopentane as refrigerant because of its lower Ozone Depleting Potential. This was stated, on Monday, by a representative of a refrigerator manufacturing company during the one-day workshop on Hydrochlorofluoro...
KRA seizes scrap metal, sandalwood for export
Brian Otieno, The Star, 27th February 2012
KENYA Revenue Authority officers are compounding acase in which they seized ten containers containing scrap metal and sandalwoodfor illegal export. The containers, nine of which contained scrapmetal and one contained sandalwood, were seized on various dates between January 30 and last Friday. The exact cost of the goods, wh...
BBMP hikes reward amount for informants
Muhammed Yacoob, IBN Live, 27th February 2012
Soon, being a BBMP’s informant could fetch big bucks. The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) now plans to increase the reward money given to informants, who give details on illegally dumped garbage. The BBMP has now proposed to increase the cash reward from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000.Recently, wildlife activists had fo...
Boss is fined for breaking waste exporting rules
Rutland and Stamford Mecury, 25th February 2012
Boss of BW Riddle is fined for breaking waste exporting rules THE boss of a metal recycling yard has been ordered to pay more than £15,000 after waste was sent to be exported to China illegally. Ten containers, which were loaded at BW Riddle in South Fen Road, Bourne, were stopped at Felixstowe port during a routine insp...
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