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High levels of mercury found in dumping zone
Independent Online, 12th April 2010
Taxpayers are facing a R40-million clean-up bill to eliminate pollution from a toxic waste dump near Durban which contains high levels of mercury, a dangerous heavy metal which damages the brain and other parts of the body. The poison was dumped in several pits in the Hammarsdale area more than 30 years ago. It is thought ...
India a dumping yard for world e-waste
Daily Pioneer, 12th April 2010
Thousands of tonnes of toxic e-waste finds its way into India every month in absence of any handling norms The recent incident of radiation in West Delhi’s Mayapuri Industrial area may have raised alarm bells on the danger posed by the unplanned dumping of e-waste. But the import of such hazardous material continues un...
Toxic waste dumping at Gondal Pass threatening lives
The News International, 12th April 2010
The lives and livelihood of tens of thousands of people is at stake because the powerful Sindh Industrial Trading Estate (SITE), in connivance with the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa), is dumping toxic and industrial waste at Gondal Pass some 25km from the city without neutralising or segregating it, Dr Iqbal...
Illegal firm raided
Malaysia Star, 6th April 2010
Picture: Out of bounds: MPKj officers sealing the factory in the Taman Taming Jaya industrial park. AN illegal factory in the Taman Taming Jaya industrial park in Seri Kembangan was sealed and its operator slapped with three notices by the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj). The raid was carried out by MPKj, Department of E...
Naples trash crisis
Greening of Oil, 5th April 2010
'Spring clean up' highlights a global problem on a community scale Arriving in Naples (Napoli) after spending two months in Rome, I noticed immediate differences in the two cities. Besides the amazing pizza (invented in Naples), my attention was drawn to the trash that littered the streets - probably because I had previous...
Man charged with dumping 63 used tires in Lehigh
Lehigh Acres Citizen, 31st March 2010
A man was arrested over the weekend for dumping 63 used tires in Lehigh Acres, according to Capt. Ed. Tamayo, commander of the Bravo District substation in Lehigh. Tamayo said that on Saturday, March 27, 2010, a citizen called the Lee County Sheriff's Office to report a suspicious vehicle in the area of 75th St. W and Euni...
DNR looking into illegal dumping of tires in Warrick Co.
14WFIE.com, 30th March 2010
WARRICK CO., IN (WFIE) - Someone's been dumping hundreds of old tires along Warrick County roads. Authorities said they've dumped the tires in six spots in northern Warrick County over the past few weeks. Not only is it unsightly, it's against the law, and the law is now on their trail.  Most tires are pro...
Ex-inn owner charged with illegal dumping
Pensacola News , 18th March 2010
Law enforcement agents with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection recently arrested Herdeypal Bhatti, 35, former owner of the Ramada Inn Bayview in Pensacola, for improperly storing/disposing solid waste from his business. “The improper disposal of solid waste can harm the health of humans, wildlife and the...
Billions of PCs 'needlessly scrapped'
Telegraph.co.uk, 10th March 2010
Picture: Researchers estimate that 2.5 billion computers will be needlessly scrapped by 2013 because of 'upgrade culture' The 'relentless pressure' to upgrade to a new computer is creating a mountain of electronic waste, and threatens to become an environmental time bomb, warn researchers at Nottingham University Business...
EU rules against Italy over Naples waste
BBC News, 4th March 2010
Picture: Thousands of tonnes of waste clogged the streets of Naples   The EU's top court says Italy breached an EU directive on waste disposal by allowing piles of rubbish to litter the streets of Naples in 2007-2008. The directive became law in Italy in 2006, but the European Court of Justice says the waste dispos...
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