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DA: Mulch Contained Hazardous Waste
North Country Gazette, 30th March 2011
NASSAU COUNTY—The owner of an Oceanside landscaping company has been charged with mixing garden mulch with hazardous waste products including carcinogens, and selling it as “shredded hardwood,” a product that homeowners purchase for use in gardens or a child’s playground. The investigation was conducted by the Nass...
China tops global clean energy table
BBC News By Mark Kinver, 29th March 2011
China remains the world's leading investor in low-carbon energy technology, a global study has shown. The table, published by the US Pew Environment Group, showed that the Chinese invested $54.4bn (£34.1bn) in 2010, up from $39.1bn in 2009. While the US saw investment increase by 51% to $34bn, it still slipped from 2nd ...
ASDA OUT IN THE COLD OVER GLOBAL WARMING
EIA, 29th March 2011
SUPERMARKETS in the UK are making significant strides to counter their impact on global warming – but the nation’s second biggest chain, Asda, has been sternly criticised for apparently turning its back on green commitments. The new survey Chilling Facts III has found that 239 stores in the UK are now using climate-fri...
City of Toppenish fined in excess of $134,000 for excess wastewater discharges
Green Environment, 29th March 2011
City takes measures to correct problems and replace faulty equipment. (Seattle) The City of Toppenish will pay $134,500 for excess pollution discharges from its municipal sewage treatment facility in violation of its Clean Water Act permit, according to an arrangement with the E.P.A.. The violations spanned in excess of 2 ...
Earth Hour
Earthhour.org, 25th March 2011
Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries/territorie...
Refrigeration Company Pays Penalty for Environmental Violations in Three Massachusetts Facilities
Green Environment, 23rd March 2011
A refrigerated warehouse company has agreed to pay $75,000 to settle a case brought by the E.P.A. for Clean Air Act violations at 3 cold-storage facilities in Massachusetts. According to a recent settlement, Preferred Freezer Services, which provides refrigerated warehouse space for frozen food producers and suppliers, all...
Government of Canada Investing in Community Action to Preserve Local Habitat and Species at Risk in New Brunswick
Environment Canada, 18th March 2011
FREDERICTON, N.B. -- The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, on behalf of the Honourable Peter Kent,Minister of Environment, today announced funding from the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk. In t...
CN Rail Convicted for Diesel Spill
Environment Canada, 14th March 2011
SURREY, B.C. -- On Friday, March 11, 2011, Canadian National Railway (CNR) Company was convicted in British Columbia Provincial court of an offence under the Fisheries Act. Canadian National Railway was sentenced to pay a total of $75,000 for depositing a deleterious substance (diesel fuel) into waters frequented by fish. ...
Onus on mine firms to fix acid drainage
The Star, 10th March 2011
Picture: A game reserve on the Tweelopiesspruit near Krugersdorp, West Rand, is the recipient of untreated acid mine drainage. Dams into which this heavy metalled water runs lost all their fish a long time ago, but hippo still live here and there are concerns serious concerns for their health. The reeds filter the water, bu...
Germany is Europe's most diligent recycler
The Independent, 9th March 2011
European statistical database HUEurostatUH released on March 8 the 2009 data on waste disposal in Europe.  Germany was the top recycler, with Belgium and Sweden coming in second place jointly; the Czech Republic and Romania came at the bottom of the list and Britain finished in the middle of the table. The data calcul...
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