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Salem fuel provider fined $50G for illegal disposal
The Daily Item of Lynn, 21st May 2010
SALEM - A Salem-based fuel provider has agreed to pay $50,000 in civil penalties to the state for illegally removing, transporting and disposing of waste oil contained in expired oil tanks from locations in Essex County and for lying to local fire departments about the nature of the jobs. The complaint against Clarke Broth...
Hospitals behind illegal dumping: DA
Times LIVE, 19th May 2010
Two KwaZulu-Natal hospitals were allegedly behind the illegal dumping of medical waste in Marianhill, the Democratic Alliance said on Wednesday. “All indications are that waste management companies are not responsible for the incorrect segregation of waste,” said the DA provincial health spokesman John Steenhuisen in a ...
Building firm boss in £16k illegal waste fine
BBC News, 19th May 2010
A County Down construction firm boss will have to pay £16,400 after admitting dumping controlled waste without a licence. Fergal McAlinden, 53, of Killowen Road, Rostrevor, pleaded guilty of the offence, which involved more than 7,000 tonnes of waste soil and clay.  Mr McAlinden was also fined £500 at Newry Crown ...
Two Massachusetts Workers Plead Guilty to Illegal Asbestos Handling
Asbestos.Net News, 17th May 2010
Two men from Middleboro, Massachusetts have recently pled guilty in New Bedford Superior Court to charges that they performed work in violation of the Massachusetts Clean Air Act.  Arthur Amaral, 50, and Shawn Amaral, 38, of Northeast Demolition and Removal have entered their guilty plea for failing to follow asbestos ...
Hazardous Waste Disposal Investigated At Business
cbs4denver.com, 14th May 2010
DENVER (CBS4) ― CBS4 News has learned of a joint state and federal investigation into alleged illegal discharges of dangerous materials into the Metro Wastewater sewer system. Authorities obtained a search warrant to raid Mid-America Plating two weeks ago. The company is located right behind the National Western Stock...
Former barge firm manager convicted of conspiring to pollute the San Francisco Bay
San Jose Mercury News, 13th May 2010
A former tugboat company manager was convicted in federal court this week of violating environmental laws by dumping dredged materials in the waters north of Pittsburg. Mark Guinn, 42, was formerly the general manager of Northern California operations of Brusco Tug & Barge Inc., which previously pled g...
A breath of soiled air
The Aucklander, 12th May 2010
Otahuhu residents are fuming over Pacific Steel's push to keep pumping smoke into their skies. Doctors talk of possible illnesses from pollution. Rowena Orejana reports. Great white puffs of smoke spew from the side of the Pacific Steel factory in Otahuhu. A few hundred metres behind, a bonfire is set and black smoke billo...
Trucking company investigated for illegal dumping
BusinessWeek, 11th May 2010
The state Health Department has begun an investigation of a trucking company accused of dumping salty wastewater from oil fields on gravel roads in western North Dakota. Dunn County officials accused Killdeer-based Wylie Bice Trucking Inc. of discharging the briny water last month near Manning. The company's owner denied t...
Trafigura must pay additional £105m
Press TV, 11th May 2010
Picture: Ivorian women who suffered from toxic waste dumping The civil case against Trafigura for dumping toxic waste in the Ivory Coast has incurred £105m in legal costs, according to the claimants' lawyers. Leigh Day and Co., who represented more than 30,000 victims that fell ill from toxic waste dumped by Trafigura...
A Perris home was used in a scheme to fraudulently claim can and bottle redemption fees, state says
Press-Enterprise, 6th May 2010
Authorities have charged 35 people suspected of operating fraudulent can and bottle recycling operations -- including two in the Inland area -- that siphoned $3.5 million from the California container redemption fund, the state attorney general's office announced Wednesday. The suspects, all facing felony counts, are suspe...
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