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UOW conference tackles illicit fishing, logging
Illawara Mercury, 21st February 2010
Picture: Associate Professor Gregory Rose from the University of Wollongong’s Faculty of Law. Today UOW will hold an international conference on illegal fishing and logging. The battle against international environmental crime takes a new turn today at the University of Wollongong. UOW's Centre for Transnational Crime ...
Clean-up firm boss fined – for dumping rubbish
The Asian News, 20th February 2010
The boss of a clean-up business has been has been hit with a bill of more than £1,000 for dumping rubbish on a river bank. Bobby Singh, 31, of Bury Old Road, Broughton, Salford, owns Rep Maintenance Ltd at the Cariocca Business Complex in Manchester, which offers fly-tipping removal services. But he has now admitted ditc...
Garbage hauler jailed, fined for illegal dumping
WSAU, 19th February 2010
SHAWANO, Wis. (WSAU) – A Gillett garbage hauler will spend a month a jail and pay $30,000 in fines for dumping raw sewage into the Oconto River without a permit. Prosecutors proved during a trial in Shawano County this week that Randy Soper and his company created a homemade treatment work hidden in a wooded area where t...
La. man arrested in illegal dumping case
Water Technology Online, 19th February 2010
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - The director of a company that operates several wastewater treatment facilities in Louisiana has been arrested on charges he allowed untreated wastewater to be illegally dumped. The state Department of Environmental Quality said 57-year-old Joseph L. Jones, of Opelousas, faces 12 felony charges involv...
Waste firm fined €60,000 for illegal dumping
TE.ie, 19th February 2010
A waste disposal company and its director have been fined €60,000 for illegal dumping at sites in Co Wicklow in 2001. Dublin Waste and Louis Moriarty had pleaded guilty to dumping lorry loads of waste, including highly infectious clinical waste, in Coolnamadra and at Whitestown, Baltinglass, on dates in 2001. Judge Tony...
EU Considers Dedicated Waste Agency
Recycle By Andrew Roberts (UK), 5th February 2010
Over the last two years the European Union has outlined specific directives for its member nations to reduce waste and increase recycling rates.  The rules have been effective in some cases as countries in the EU have raised their recycling rates and many have decreased the size of their landfills.  Even though mo...
IEPA works to clean up illegal dump site in East Peoria
Peoria Journal Star, By Leslie Williams (USA), 4th February 2010
Picture: Chris Goodwin with REACT environmental engineers supervises as workers clean up tires, debris and years of illegally dumped waste in a ravine off of Linden Lane and Brow Court in East Peoria. Goodwin said that they already had hauled away four trash bins of debris. EAST PEORIA — Decades of illegal dumping in ...
The world's radioactive rubbish is piling up
The Japan Times, By Michael Richardson (Japan), 3rd February 2010
The Pacific Sandpiper, a specially built cargo ship with safety features far in excess of those found on conventional vessels, left Britain's Barrow port bound for Japan the other day. The security surrounding its departure on Jan. 21 indicates that something out of the ordinary is aboard. The Pacific Sandpiper and severa...
EPA targets chemical often dumped in Chicago sewers
Chicago Tribune, By ‎Michael Hawthorne (USA), 31st January 2010
Chemicals used in Scotchgard and Teflon are regulated, but metal plating companies got a pass by Bush's EPA Alarmed by research linking chemicals used to make Scotchgard and Teflon to cancer, liver disease and other health problems, the federal government spent the last decade pressuring manufacturers to phase out the stai...
Suspicious Shipwrecks and Toxic Seas
IndyPosted (blog), By‎ Maggie Romuld (USA), 30th January 2010
Increasingly stringent environmental regulations, and increased costs for processing, transporting and storing toxic waste have made illegal dumping a profitable business throughout the world, and yesterday,  Scientific American reported that scientists from the University of Calabria in Italy are certain that ships fu...
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