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The Garbage of Naples: How the Mafia Helped Send Italy's Trash to Germany
Spiegel Online, 4th March 2010
Picture: An ongoing problem with waste disposal reached a crisis point in Naples in 2008 German courts have been dealing with an unusual problem. More than 100,000 tons of Italian trash were shipped to eastern Germany, saving a waste treatment plant from bankruptcy. But what could have been a solution to Naples' notorious ...
E-waste the World’s Next Largest Man Made Mountain
Korea IT Times (press release) , 2nd March 2010
Helen Keller believed, "As the eagle was killed by the arrow winged with his own feather, so the hand of the world is wounded by its own skill." How true this is with the quality of life transcending all possibilities of human growth, which is polluting the world's landscape with gadgetry, TVs, computers and cell phones. I...
Indonesia Takes Tough Stand Over Exports of Toxic Trash
Jakarta Globe, 25th February 2010
Picture: Kino, an electronics repairman, right, and his brother restoring a damaged television on Monday. E-waste will rise dramatically in the developing world (Reuters Photo/Enny Nuraheni) within a decade, a recent UN study said. Nusa Dua, Bali. As wealthy countries eye developing ones as dumping grounds for their haza...
JP Morgan Chase Accused of Tire Dumping in Atlanta
TransWorldNews (press release), , 25th February 2010
JP Morgan and Chase Chief Executive, James Dimon is wanted for illegal tire dumping in Atlanta according to reports on CBS Atlanta. Dimon, who is perhaps the least abhorred of Wall Street CEOs and has won particular favor with the White House is now suspected of allegedly dumping tires at a location in Atlanta reported as 1...
Can e-waste be turned to gold?
CNN, 24th February 2010
Picture: The gold medals at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver contain 1.52 percent gold recovered from e-waste. (CNN) -- The champions at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver can stand on the podium proud of their achievements, but the eco-minded among them can be extra proud that their medals are made with traces of ...
Logan fined $10,000 for dumping polluted water
Salt Lake Tribune, 24th February 2010
A federal magistrate has ordered Logan City to pay a $10,000 fine for dumping water polluted with ammonia into a ditch that drains into a Cache County reservoir. Magistrate Brooke Wells imposed the punishment on Tuesday after the city, through an attorney, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of negligently discharging a...
Illegal dumping alleged
Moultrie Observer, 24th February 2010
EPD, EPA get complaints of toxic wastes buried at park MOULTRIE — The Moultrie Observer has confirmed that a complaint about illegal dumping of possibly toxic chemicals at Reed Bingham State Park has been filed with both federal and state environmental agencies, adding to the controversy that now embroils the facility. A...
Gillett man gets jail, fine for waste disposal violations
Green Bay Press Gazette, , 24th February 2010
MADISON — Randy M. Soper of Gillett was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined more than $30,000 for illegal disposal of sanitary waste. Soper was convicted of three counts of illegally disposing of sanitary sludge without obtaining a permit and discharging pollutants into the Oconto River, according to the state attorne...
UPS agrees to pay $53,000 to settle alleged violations of hazardous waste laws
fox4kc.com, 24th February 2010
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — United Parcel Service has agreed to pay a civil penalty of about $53,000 to settle alleged hazardous waste violations at a northeast Kansas facility. The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday that several violations were found during a 2007 inspection of the UPS freight facility in Lenexa....
World ministers to meet in Bali to dicuss environmental hazards
Earthtimes (press release), , 22nd February 2010
Bali Island, Indonesia - Ministers, officials and activists from more than 100 countries meet Indonesia's resort island of Bali this week to discuss the management of hazardous waste, pollution and other environmental issues. The event, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), was to be the largest glob...
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