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Alex Attwood says illegal dumping could cost over £30m
BBC News North Ireland, 19th September 2011
Removing all the waste from illegal dumping sites in Northern Ireland could cost upwards of £30m, it has been revealed. Environment Minister Alex Attwood made the announcement on Monday. He was giving a statement to the assembly on the twelfth meeting of the North South Ministerial Council (NSMC). Mr Attwood also said t...
China Customs kicks off ‘Green Customs’ training to combat crimes against nature
UNEP OzonAction Programme, 19th September 2011
Ningbo, 19 September 2011- Sixty senior Chinese Customs officers gathered today in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, to take part in the first national Green Customs Workshop in China, a four-day event providing awareness-raising and training on combating the illegal trade of environmentally-sensitive commodities. The workshop, or...
HCFC phase-out at risk from illegal trade
EIA International By Environmental Investigation Agency, London, 16th September 2011
LONDON: The phase-out of hydrochlorofluoro- carbons (HCFCs) under the Montreal Protocol could be undermined by black market trade unless enforcement agencies are prepared, a new report warns.   The report Risk Assessment of Illegal Trade in HCFCs, jointly produced by the London-based Environmental Investiga...
Illegal dumping in Ohio creek leads to fish kill, state says
Waste Recycling News, 15th September 2011
Sept. 15 -- The Ohio EPA is turning to the public for help in catching the person or people responsible for dumping material into Shantee Creek in northern Toledo which resulted in fish being killed. The agency said the most recent incident occurred in mid-August and is similar to an incident at the same location from Octo...
Canada's Environment Minister Takes Another Step Towards Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Environment Canada, 12th September 2011
MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- Today, Canada's Environment  Minister Peter Kent signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with  Mexico's Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources, Juan Elvira Quesada, to increase cooperation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Mexico's waste management sector.  ...
Globe, Bulacan expand Green Line project to include cellphone recycling
Manila Bulletin, 15th August 2011
— Old cell phones account for nearly 65,000 tons of toxic wastes each year, contributing significantly to environmental degradation. With roughly 2.5 million cell phones and batteries dumped into landfills around the world every week, Globe Telecom and the Bulacan local government have decided to expand their joint Green ...
Army concentrates on environmental protection
Manila Bulletin - By Mar T. Supnad, 15th August 2011
BALANGA CITY, Bataan, Philippines — Claiming the insurgents in the province is no longer a problem, a top Phiippine Army official Monday said that they will now concentrate on the protection of environment such as planting of trees and cleaning the surroundings. Col. Gregorio Catapang, Brigade Commander of the Army’s 7...
500,000 tons of contaminated soil removed in Wash.
Wates & Recycling News, 15th August 2011
The removal of nearly 500,000 tons of contaminated soil has been completed from the Hanford Site in southwest Washington state by a U.S. Department of Energy contractor, the department said. The work, which took two years to complete, was done by CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company. Workers shipped more than 20,000 tru...
Illegal Dumping Pollutes Water
MEP China, 15th August 2011
More than 5,000 tons of highly toxic industrial waste were dumped illegally in rural areas near a Southwest China city, causing livestock deaths and soil and water pollution, local authorities said over the weekend. Water resources experts arrived on Sunday to assess the condition of the Nanpan River, which is the source o...
THAILAND: Indorama's new PET recycling plant
Waste Management World - Bharat Textile, 14th August 2011
India - Indorama Ventures, the world's largest fully integrated polyester company, is setting up a polyester fibre and yarn recycling plant in Nakhon Pathom. The facility, which will be the largest of its kind in Thailand, is expected to be operational in 2013. While declining to disclose the investment cost of the plant, t...
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