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Environmental crisis plagues Southern Italy
CNN International, 3rd May 2010
Editor's note: The staff at has recently been intrigued by the journalism of VICE, an independent media company and Web site based in Brooklyn, New York. VBS.TV is Vice's broadband television network. The reports, which are produced solely by VICE, reflect a very transparent approach to journalism, where viewers are...
Wal-mart toxic dumping case: $27 million
Picture: People pass in front of a Wal-Mart store in San Diego, Monday, May 3, 2010. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has agreed to pay $27.6 million to settle allegations that it improperly handled and dumped hazardous waste at stores across California, prosecutors said Monday. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) STF Walmart has agreed to pay $2...
No jail for dentist in Shore dumping
Philadelphia Inquirer, 1st May 2010
Picture: Thomas McFarland threw medical waste overboard in 2008, and it washed ashore. He was fined, placed on probation for four years. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - Distraught and suicidal over his wife's cancer, a Pennsylvania dentist took a bag of medical waste he had been keeping in the trunk of his car for months, boarde...
Greek crew member acquitted of dumping charges
BusinessWeek, 29th April 2010
A federal jury in Houston has acquitted a Greek crew member of an oil tanker ship of charges that he engineered the dumping of waste off the Texas coast in early 2009. The acquittal of Ioannis Mylonakis came Wednesday after a nearly weeklong trial. Federal prosecutors had accused him of ordering his crew to use a pipe to b...
Illegal dumping call leads to citation for pumping raw sewage into storm drain
Cape Coral Daily Breeze, 26th April 2010
Cape Coral's Code Compliance Division has cited a resident in the northeast Cape with dumping raw sewage into the city's storm drain Saturday. Giovanni Modica, 62, of 3810 SW 1st Street, was cited for a violation of Chapter 19 (Section 2.5.1), which prohibits the discharge of wastewater into the city's stormwater system. M...
'Several thousand' tonnes of waste at Trago dumps
South Devon Herald Express, 23rd April 2010
THE scale of an alleged illegal waste dump at Trago Mills near Newton Abbot is continuing to grow. The Environment Agency has mounted one of its largest clean-up operations at the site. When officials from the agency started an investigation into allegations of illegal waste at the site, just off the A38 at Liverton, in S...
UNEP: E-waste in developing countries needs careful management
Recycling News (press release), 22nd April 2010
Brussels - Rapidly rising sales of electronic goods could cause huge amounts of hazardous electronic waste (e-waste) to build up in developing countries over the next ten years, a new study on "Recycling - From E-Waste To Resources" has concluded. Prompt action is needed to ensure e-waste is properly managed in emerging eco...
Delaware launches crack down on illegal dumping
WHYY, 22nd April 2010
Timed to coincide with the celebration of Earth Day, Delaware environmental officials have launched TrashStoppers.  It's a call for Delaware residents to speak up when they see people illegally dumping trash. The effort is very similar to the state's CrimeStoppers program, and includes a hotline for residents to call ...
Bangladesh sues 'excessively polluting' ship-breaking yards
MSN Philippines News, 22nd April 2010
Bangladesh's government has sued four of the country's ship-breaking yards for causing "excessive pollution" and operating without proper licenses, an environment department official said Thursday. The move follows an about-face earlier this month when the government abandoned its attempt to impose stricter environmental s...
Hazardous waste being discharged into Kenjhar Lake
The News International, 21st April 2010
Karachi getting contaminated water’ Industrial effluent containing extremely hazardous chemicals and heavy metal particles from Kotri Industrial area is being discharged into Indus River as well as Kalri Bighar feeder canal that supplies water to Kenjhar Lake, from where the water is being supplied to Karachi.Industri...
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