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EU is investing in toxic waste projects in developing world, GAIA claims
The Guardian, 16th May 2012
The EU's clean development mechanism (CDM) is supporting waste projects in developing countries that threaten livelihoods and cause toxic emissions, according to a report by the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA). The study, published on Tuesday in Brussels and entitled The European Union's doub...
Asbestos plan 'reneges' on promise
Paul Gorman, Stuff.co.nz, 16th May 2012
The Christchurch City Council's proposal to dump asbestos-containing material in part of Bottle Lake Forest goes against commitments made late last year, the Green Party says. The plan to dump up to 5000 tonnes of damaged concrete pipes containing asbestos has angered Parklands and Waimairi Beach residents, som...
PCB fails to enforce e-waste management rules
By George Adimathra, TNN, Times of India, 15th May 2012
KOCHI: Even though the ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) introduced e-waste (management and handling) rules in 2011, the state pollution control board (SPCB) is apparently not ready to enforce them. To date, the SPCB has not conducted any studies on how to deal with the e-waste problem. However, top board officials...
Dumping e-gadgets just like that may soon be an offence
Deccan Herald, 1st May 2012
Junk must be deposited with authorised recyclers The State government is all set to issue the e-waste guidelines in the next two weeks, with the Electronic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011, coming into effect from May 1. Highly placed sources told Deccan Herald that even though the guidelines were supposed to b...
E-waste management rules kick in today
The Hindu, 30th April 2012
Rules aim at reduction in use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment The e-waste (Management & Handling) Rules, 2011 will come into effect from Tuesday. The rules were notified in May 2011 and aim at reduction in the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment by specifyi...
Solar firm fined for illegal waste disposal
China Post, 28th April 2012
The China Post news staff--A solar cell company has been fined NT$3.71 million for illegally disposing chemicals, environmental officials said yesterday. But Hsinchu-based Neo Solar Power Corporation maintained that it has always observed proper regulations for the disposal of harmful materials. The Cabinet-level Environ...
Bhopal toxic waste to be airlifted to Germany
International Environmental Technology, 27th April 2012
Toxic waste in Bhopal, India, could be airlifted to Germany for treatment and safe disposal, according to recent media reports. GIZ International Services has expressed its willingness to take the polluted waste to its incineration facility in Hamburg for treatment and disposal. The offer was made in February under the Ind...
Toxic medicine, supply chains and product responsibility
By Chris Ye, CSR Asia, 25th April 2012
When taking a drug actually makes you sicker that you otherwise might be, then pharmaceutical companies have a problem on their hands. Last week, a report on “The Secrets in Medicine Capsules” was broadcasted through China Central Television (CCTV), in the program “Weekly Quality Report”, which is committed to expos...
Germany's GIZ International Services offers to take away toxic Bhopal waste
India Today, 25th April 2012
The tonnes of toxic waste lying at the closed Union Carbide plant in Bhopal has finally got a taker. In a surprise development, a German government agency has offered to airlift the waste from Bhopal to Germany for treatment and safe disposal. This could bring to an end years of wrangling over treatment of waste. The GoM ...
Methyl chloride confirmed in Heatcraft recall
ACR News, 25th April 2012
HEATCRAFT Australia has confirmed that the "flammable and poisonous" counterfeit refrigerant responsible for the recall of certain models of Kirby packaged refrigeration units in Australia does have methyl chloride (R40) as one of its constituents. It has also been confirmed that the suspect units were manufactured and char...
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