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Garbage from Canada Buried; ‘Case Closed’
20 July 2015
Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina said on Friday the issue of illegal shipment of household waste from Canada was over, with the Bureau of Customs (BOC) now focusing on preventing a similar incident from happening again. This after 55 containers with waste from Canada, including adult diapers and household trash that had been left at the Manila port since shipment two years ago were transported f...
Imported Waste Faces Checks in Viet Nam
20 July 2015
All imported waste material will be examined at customs checkpoints, according to a new regulation issued by the General Department of Customs that aims to ensure all waste meets national environmental requirements. Customs officials have seen a lot of waste materials imported that fail to meet the requirements, posing risks to the environment. The department asked local customs offices to examin...
Action Plan for Dealing with Applications More Quickly
16 July 2015
The Swedish Chemicals Agency has drawn up an action plan for dealing with applications for the approval of pesticides more quickly. The action plan, which has been submitted to the Swedish Ministry of the Environment and Energy, includes that the Swedish Chemicals Agency will improve the information for companies. In May, the Office of the Chancellor of Justice (Justitiekanslern, JK) directed cri...
Insecticide Still Used in U.S. Found to Cause Cancer by WHO
16 July 2015
The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that exposure to the insecticide lindane, which is still used extensively in the United States, can cause cancer. Formulated but no longer produced in the U.S., lindane is used for livestock, pet and seed treatment, in forestry, and on fruit and vegetable crops. It is also used topically for the treatment of head and body lice, as well as scabies....
Hazardous Wastes Being Shipped to the U.S. with No Effective Government Controls
16 July 2015
The U.S. accepts an estimated 90,000 tons a year of hazardous wastes from at least 8 foreign countries, but the EPA doesn’t effectively control or monitor that waste, says a new federal report. As a consequence, it can’t say exactly what wastes are coming in and where they are disposed, even though it has recognized that “shipments of hazardous waste into the U.S. pose potential ...
Recycling and E-Waste Export Control are the Best Ways to Curb Counterfeiting
15 July 2015
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American household uses about 24 electronic products such as personal computers, mobile phones, televisions, and e-readers. With an ever increasing supply of new electronic devices, Americans discard more than two million tons of obsolete electronic products annually. The proper disposal of this electronic waste (e-waste) is...
SAICM Governing Body to Focus on A Chemical-safe Future
14 July 2015
The fourth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4) will take place in Geneva from 28 September to 2 October, 2015. ICCM is the governing body of UNEP’s Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), an Approach which covers all agricultural and industrial chemicals throughout their lifecycle, and reflects environmental, economic, social, hea...
OECD Improves Access to Worldwide Chemical Classifications
14 July 2015
The OECD has made it easier for users of its eChemPortal to view classifications of chemicals that have been reviewed by a regulatory body or an intergovernmental organisation. A new search function on the portal will give users access to data from jurisdictions around the world that have revised an individual chemical's classification, based on the UN Globally Harmonised System (GHS). The f...
Malawian Arrested in Ireland for-Illegal E-Waste Exports
14 July 2015
A 27-year-old Malawian, Emmanuel Gibson Matupi, has been arrested in Dublin, Ireland for illegal waste exports. Matupi was arrested after being caught trying to illegally export electrical waste to Malawi three 40 foot shipping containers he had hired were inspected at the Port of Dublin, in Dublin. The Malawian who ran Smart Gadgets an electronics company that sends used electronics to Nigeria ...
E-waste Import and Environmental Health Risk
13 July 2015
Perhaps more than anywhere else in the world, the environment in Africa is highly neglected, and part of the tragedy of this reality is that the rest of the world is taking advantage of this neglect to further improve and free its own environment, putting the black continent at risk and at war with itself. In West Africa particularly, two of the sub-region’s economic powerhouses, Nigeria an...
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