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EPA orders proper disposal of intercepted electronic waste shipment
EPA News Release, 15th February 2011
(Seattle) – Metro Metals Corp. and Avista Recycling, Inc. have been ordered to properly dispose of computer waste they attempted to illegally export from Minnesota to Vietnam through the Port of Seattle, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA is simultaneously seeking a $31,600 penalty against the comp...
Ice rink operator pleads guilty to discharging industrial dye into creek By Asher Price, 10th February 2011
The operator of a popular North Austin ice skating rink pleaded guilty this week to polluting a creek with the additive that keeps ice white. Ydidi I, the limited managing partner of the Chaparral Ice Center, agreed to pay Travis County $75,000 when it pleaded guilty Tuesday to the intentional unauthorized discharge of a p...
Environmentalists to check toxic waste in Pampanga
Manila Bulletin, 9th February 2011
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Philippines (PNA) -- Officials from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as well as local officials and heads of environment committees here will conduct a series of inspections on waterways and dump sites in the province starting on Thursday. The move is to determine t...
E-waste exportation a growing trend
The Vancouver Sun. By Douglas Quan , 7th February 2011
Experts concerned about hazardous overseas dumping Two Canadian companies were recently fined tens of thousands of dollars after pleading guilty in court to attempting to transport containers of old electronics and used batteries to Asia without proper permits. Environment Canada officials say they believe such cases are ...
European Parliament Backs Tough Electronic Waste Recycling Targets
Treehugger - By Christine Lepisto, Berlin, 6th February 2011
This week the European Parliament backed a proposal to re-write the WEEE directive. WEEE stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, and the directive sets requirements for the end-of-life management in the growing electrical and electronic product sector. The re-write attempts to address wide disparities in the s...
Reward offered for info about discarded tires
Times Georgian. By Helen McCoy/Sentinel, 5th February 2011
The Douglasville Police Department is offering a $1,000 reward leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for dumping an estimated 1,000 to 2,000 tires on property located off Blairs Bridge Road within city limits. “The police department considers this to be a serious crime,” said Police Chief Chris Wom...
Sierre Leone Bans Imports of Ozone-Depleting Products
Ecoworld, 4th February 2011
Sierra Leone plans to prohibit imported goods known to damage the ozone layer, the federal Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday. Kolleh Bangura, director of the West African nation’s EPA, told AFP that a new measure would ban products containing substances known to deplete the ozone, such as old refrigerato...
Macau: illegal waste dumping from mainland China busted
Macau Daily Times, 4th February 2011
Picture: The Environmental Protection Bureau (DSAP) has busted a case of industrial waste importation from mainland China to Macau. According to the bureau, it was the first time a case like this was discovered in the territory. The waste imported from the Mainland was being brought in for treatment or just dumped at the M...
Target to pay $22.5 million to settle hazardous-waste dumping case
Los Angeles Times. By Shan Li, 4th February 2011
Prosecutors across California had accused the chain of such violations as pouring chemicals returned by customers down the drain and dumping incompatible, combustible liquids like ammonia and bleach into trash bins. Target Corp. has agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle a multiyear government investigation into the alleged...
'Green police' launch crackdown on criminals who pollute the environment
Daily Record - By Jack Mathieson and Keith McLeod , 2nd February 2011
ECO officers yesterday declared war on crime clans who pollute the environment. They mounted a series of swoops in a crackdown on car crime linked to gangsters. The raids were led by officers from the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), backed up by police and HM Revenue & Customs investigators. One farm...
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