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Indonesia returns 89 'contaminated' containers to Felixstowe
BBC News, 12th June 2012
Eighty nine freight containers have been sent back to Felixstowe port after officials in Indonesia became concerned about their content. The Environment Agency said the load - labelled scrap metal for recycling - was returned after authorities saw "seepage" from a container. Jeff Warburton, environmental crime officer, s...
Judges from India and Thailand discuss Montreal Protocol, sustainable development, and social justice
UNEP, 8th June 2012
Bangkok, 8 June 2012 – High-ranking judges, lawyers, and law firms from India and Thailand have convened today for the “Social Justice and Environmental Sustainability Conference”  at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok. This meeting was organised by the OzonAction Branch of the United Nations...
GoM nod to disposal of Bhopal toxic waste in Germany
Hindustan Times, 8th June 2012
A Group of Ministers on Friday gave approval to Madhya Pradesh government to dispose of 350 metric tonnes of toxic waste from now closed Union Carbide factory in Bhopal in Germany. As per the decision, the Central government will pay Rs. 25 crore towards the cost of airlifting the waste which will be removed ...
'Operation Anvil' clamps down on UK toxic waste
Editorial Staff, Recycling International, 6th June 2012
United Kingdom: Nearly 90 containers each containing more than 30 tonnes of scrap metal were returned to the UK port of Felixstowe over the last two weeks. Shipped to Indonesia as ‘recyclable’ material, the cargo, with a total value of US$ 603 112 (or Euro 488 370), was identified as highly hazardous by the J...
Arctic Oil Spill Investigated in Secret
RIA Novosti, 5th June 2012
A state watchdog wrapped up the investigation of an oil spill in the Russian Arctic, but named no names in what a WWF expert called a setback in an otherwise unusually efficient handling of the incident. Experts of the Federal Service for Environmental, Technological and Atomic Inspection established the people r...
Philippines seizes Malaysian vessels for dumping coal waste into Sarangani sea
Mindanao Examiner, 2nd June 2012
SARANGANI (Mindanao Examiner / June 2, 2012) - Philippine authorities have seized two Malaysian vessels for dumping coal waste into the sea off Sarangani province in Mindanao. The Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape-Protected Area Management Board (SBPS-PAMB) on Friday also passed a resolution to initiate legal action...
Steelmakers lobby EU Commission for scrap export ban, 1st June 2012
 (Reuters) - Some European steelmakers are pressuring the EU Commission to impose export restrictions on steel scrap from the EU to help preserve their domestic raw material stocks, industry sources said this week. The dire state of the European steelmaking industry, afflicted by sagging demand and overcapa...
Green groups in Germany say 'no' to Bhopal waste
Gregg Benzow, Deutsche Welle, 31st May 2012
Development experts and environmentalists in Germany are at odds over a plan to dispose of toxic waste from Bhopal, even though the move is highly welcome in India. The toxic chemicals in question originate from the site of the 1984 Bhopal disaster in India, which killed thousands of people and contaminated th...
Vietnam-China smuggling surges
Ben Bland in Mong Cai, Financial Times, 30th May 2012
Although it looks to be the easiest way to move goods across the narrow river that separates the Vietnamese city of Mong Cai from China, there is surprisingly little traffic on the official border bridge. Apart from a few Vietnamese tourists returning from China with cheap electronic goods and the odd truck passing thr...
93% of Gurgaon's e-waste goes to wrong hands
Vineet Gill, Times of India, 27th May 2012
GURGAON: Most of the e-waste generated in the city goes to unlicensed handlers, according to sources in the industry. It is alarming because the commercial belts of Gurgaon and Manesar generate over 6,000 tonnes of e-waste annually, according to estimates. In the coming years, this figure can only be expected to ris...
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