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MAURITIUS Renewable Energy Gets a Boost
Inter Press Service by Nasseem Ackburally , 15th January 2011
Picture: Andrea Gungadin on the roof with her solar panels. Credit: Nasseem Ackbural/IPS PORT-LOUIS, (IPS) - A new initiative to support production of renewable energy in Mauritius may provide a model for other countries to follow suit. "We have got so much sunshine here," says Andrea Gungadin, rector of the Hindu Girls C...
Mining Waste in California Streams Leads EPA to Enforce Clean Water Act
Waste Management World, 14th January 2011
Acting under the Clean Water Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will use its authority to halt the proposed disposal of mining waste in streams at the Mingo-Logan Coal Company's Spruce No. 1 coal mine. The decision comes after extensive scientific study, a major public hearing in West Virginia and review ...
Mobile Home Park Owner fined $10,000 for Illegal Waste Dumping, Burning
Northcentralpa.com by Daniel Spadoni, 12th January 2011
DEP Fines Dear Mobile Home Park Owner $10,000 for Illegal Waste Dumping, Burning in Tioga County Williamsport – The Department of Environmental Protection announced today that it has fined George Dear, owner of the Dear Mobile Home Park in Lawrence Township, Tioga County, $10,000 for illegally dumping and burning solid w...
Illegal dumping caught on tape
Wavy.com, 11th January 2011
Trash piled up again at recycling site PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - Trash has piled up again at a recycle drop-off site in Portsmouth. Last week, WAVY.com reported about a trashy mess at a the Churchland recycling site on Cedar Lane. Even though crews cleaned the debris, it built up quickly again. WAVY.com asked the city fo...
Rivers Inlet Resort Convicted Under Fisheries Act for Diesel Spill
Environment Canada, 11th January 2011
NANAIMO, B.C. -- On Tuesday, January 11, 2011, Rivers Inlet Resort located in the Queen Charlotte Sound, and its director, Richard Shapland, was convicted in British Columbia Provincial court for an offence under the Fisheries Act. Mr. Shapland was fined $15,000, and Rivers Inlet Resort $5,000, for depositing a substance d...
Mediterranean Sea may be polluted with 250 billion microplastics
MONGABAY.COM By Pierre Fidenci, 10th January 2011
The 2010 scientific expedition undertaken by the European program called Mediterranean En-Dangered (MED) reveals that 250 billion microplastics could be found in the Mediterranean Sea. The main goal of the program, which will end in 2013, is to quantify the distribution of plastic pollution and better understand its dynamic...
Lucedale man sentenced to jail in Mobile grease-dumping case
Gulf Live, By Brendan Kirby, Press-Register , 8th January 2011
MOBILE, Ala.. -- A federal judge here on Friday sentenced a Lucedale man to a month in jail for his role in conspiracy to dump grease into the sewer system. A jury in August convicted William L. Wilmoth Sr., who was general manager of a local Roto-Rooter franchise, of a conspiracy charge, as well as 28 misdemeanor counts ...
Italy Bans Plastic Shopping Bags Starting January 1
ENN By Thomas Miner, Justmeans, 6th January 2011
The government of Italy has become the first in the European Union to outlaw the use of plastic bags by all retailers, signaling a large shift in a country which uses over 20 billion bags per year (400 per person) — an amount equal to 25% of the total produced and used in the entire EU. The Italian environmental organiza...
Europe and Renewable Energy
ENN By Andy Soos, ENN , 6th January 2011
The European Union (EU) 27 will exceed its target of meeting 20 % of its gross final energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020. Today the European Wind Energy Association published its analysis of the 27 National Renewable Energy Action Plans, submitted by the EU Member States to the European Commission. "Taken toge...
Three Million Chemicals Are Candidates for First EU Inventory of Hazards
ENS, 5th January 2011
BRUSSELS, Belgium, January 5, 2011 (ENS) - More than three million notices classifying chemical substances in line with new EU rules have been received, the European Chemicals Agency said today. Classification will allow the agency to decide whether a chemical is dangerous to health or the environment, and will determine wh...
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