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Under US, Asia-Pacific to focus on green trade
AFP - By Shaun Tandon, 8th March 2011
WASHINGTON — The United States, taking the helm of the APEC forum, hopes to spur green growth in the Asia-Pacific region by knocking down trade barriers on environmental goods, a senior official has said. Top officials from the 21-member Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum are meeting this week in Washington to kick ...
Government of Canada Invests in Great Lakes Clean-up
Environment Canada, 7th March 2011
, Ont. -- Canada's Environment Minister Peter Kent today highlighted the Government of Canada's efforts to help clean-up the Great Lakes as part of Canada's Great Lakes Action Plan. In total, the Government is contributing $2,899,500 from its Great Lakes Sustainability Fund to support 43 projects to advance remediation and ...
Record seizure of more than $1 million of a toxic substance imported illegally
Globe Net, 7th March 2011
MONTRÉAL - Following an investigation conducted by Environment Canada officers, the company Gestion Alexis Dionne Inc. and its president, Mr. Alexis Dionne, have accepted responsibility for the illegal importation of approximately 120,000 kg of chlorodifluoromethane (HFCF-22), a gas used in the refrigeration industry. The...
Watford scrap dealer fined after being caught illegally transporting metal in Sutton
Sutton Guardian. By Matt Watts , 3rd March 2011
A scrap dealer has been fined hundreds of pounds after being caught illegally transporting waste metal. Lee Taylor was pulled over in Sutton during a joint police and council operation to target metal thieves and illegal waste carriers in the borough. His Ford Transit tipper was found to be carrying scrap metal and a br...
Former EPA Fugitive Sentenced for Violating Clean Air Act
EPA - By Stacy Kika,, 202-564-0906, 202-564-4355 , 3rd March 2011
WASHINGTON — Joseph DeMatteo of Clark County, Nev. has been sentenced to serve five months home detention, followed by a term of three years probation, for criminally violating the Clean Air Act. He was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the court. DeMatteo, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fugit...
Target Lawsuit: Company Settles California Lawsuit Over Illegal Waste Disposal
Huffington Post, 3rd March 2011
SAN DIEGO — A California judge ordered Target Corp. to pay $22.5 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that the retailer illegally disposed hazardous waste at hundreds of stores throughout the state, prosecutors said Thursday. Target violated procedures for handling toxic waste from 2002 until a few months after authoriti...
Ontario Northland Transportation Commission Fined $60,000 for Violation of Fisheries Act
Environment Canada, 2nd March 2011
NORTH BAY, Ont. -- -- Ontario Northland Transportation Commission pleaded guilty yesterday to one charge of depositing a deleterious substance into fish-bearing waters in contravention of the Fisheries Act. The conviction results from a train derailment that occurred on March 30, 2007, near Englehart, Ontario, resulting in...
Industrial zones’ dirty secret
Vietnam Business News, 1st March 2011
Industrial zones are continuing to discharge untreated waste-water into the environment. Recently, Dak Nong Province People’s Committee, in the Central Highlands, fined Tam Thang Industrial Zone (IZ) Infrastructure Development Company around VND100 million ($4,830) for impinging on environmental protection regulations. ...
Locals Protest 'Metal Rain' Pollution from Steelworks
IPS - By Fabiana Frayssinet , 28th February 2011
RIO DE JANEIRO, (IPS) - A protestor held out a handful of metal dust, part of the "silvery rain" falling that day in Santa Cruz, a low-income neighbourhood on the west side of this Brazilian city, as proof of the environmental nightmare affecting the area ever since a German steel plant opened there. "This is concrete evid...
Demographic trends, consumption patterns threaten UK environment, 24th February 2011
UCL researchers have contributed to the Royal Commission report on Environmental Pollution, which calls for a step-change in efforts to reduce consumption and waste generation by individuals and households to protect the UK environment. The report by the Commission, whose members include Professors Maria Lee and Joanne Sco...
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