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  • EC launches public consultation on dismantling of ships

    The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the options for a new initiative regarding the dismantling and recycling of ships. The consultation will allow stakeholders to provide input to the European Commission who are working on a strategy on better ship dismantling. The proposed strategy on better ship dismantling will help implement key elements of an international ...

  • Cruise ship pollution bill introduced in California

    Every cruise ship transiting California waters would carry an ocean ranger aboard to oversee wastewater discharge practices and the maintenance and operation of pollution control equipment if a bill introduced in the state Senate Friday becomes law. Senator Joe Simitian, a Democrat, introduced the bill to protect California waters from cruise ship pollution, protect cruise ship passengers from ...

  • Commission presents EU strategy for safer ship dismantling

    The European Commission has presented an EU strategy to make the dismantling of old ships safer for workers and the environment. Every year between 200 and 600 large merchant ships are taken apart for their valuable scrap metal. Many ships taken out of service in Europe end up being dismantled on beaches in South Asia. A lack of environmental protection and safety measures results in high ...

  • Chicopee Company Pays Fine and Ships over 40,000 lbs of Hazardous Waste, Protecting Human Health and the Environment

    A paint manufacturer in Chicopee, Mass. has agreed to pay a penalty of $153,917 to resolve claims by the US Environmental Protection Agency that it violated federal hazardous waste laws. In an agreement signed recently with EPA’s New England office, C & C Ventures, also known as Randolph Products, agreed to pay the penalty and to comply with the federal Resource Conservation and ...

  • European Commission takes Belgium and Estonia to court over port handling of ship-generated waste

    The European Commission has today decided to lodge a case to the Court of Justice against Belgium and Estonia for failure to respect EU legislation on better availability and use of port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues. The Commission has decided to act against Belgium and Estonia for failure to transpose correctly a Directive[1] adopted in 2000 into their ...

  • Dedicated EU body needed to ensure enforcement of European waste law, says commission study

    A European Commission study published today recommends setting up a dedicated European body to oversee the implementation and enforcement of EU waste law. The study is part of a series of steps being taken by the Commission to improve waste management and ensure it meets the standards set by EU legislation to protect citizens and the environment. Illegal dumping of waste continues on a ...

  • Polluter pays principle in European waste law can justify liability for pollution damage, says EU court

    Advocate General Kokott’s Opinion in Case C-188/07 Commune de Mesquer v Total France SA and Total International Ltd The Breton Commune of Mesquer has brought an action against the Total Group seeking repayment of the costs it incurred in respect of the operation which it had to undertake to clean its beaches of the oil resulting from the sinking of the tanker ‘Erika’ in 1999. In order to be able ...


    By European Court of Justice

  • What laws would apply if there was a BP-type spill along the B.C. coast?

    Perhaps no single story has dominated news coverage recently like the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It has raised questions about the legal status of offshore oil and gas development and tanker traffic along the west coast of British Columbia. Concerns about the status of B.C. offshore exploration became more acute when Calgary's Enbridge Inc. announced plans to construct and operate two ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • New EPA Assistance Center Helps Importers/Exporters Comply with Environmental Laws

    Anyone involved in shipping regulated materials across borders can go to a new web-based EPA-sponsored ...

  • ZBB Energy Corporation Ships ZBB EnerSystem(TM) to U.S. Navy Microgrid Project

    ZBB Energy Corporation (NYSE MKT: ZBB), a leading developer of intelligent, renewable energy power platforms, announced today it has shipped an order from the U.S. Navy Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, San Diego (FISCSD). ZBB has provided a 1000kWh / 500kW-rated energy storage system for use in a microgrid application at the San Nicolas Island Naval Facility, located in the Catalina Island ...


    By Marketwire

  • California Accuses FedEx of Waste Violations

    State officials on Thursday accused FedEx Ground Package System of violating California's hazardous waste laws since 2008 by failing to properly handle broken or leaking packages containing harmful materials. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control cited FedEx in a civil complaint noting more than 1,500 violations at 31 FedEx terminals and the company's hubs in Sacramento, Los ...


    By Associated Press

  • Report reveals flawed U.S. e-waste policies

    In a harsh review of U.S. hazardous waste laws, independent government investigators highlighted the need for improved regulation of electronic waste in a new report. A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released last week said a 'substantial quantity' of discarded electronics, such as computers, televisions, and cell phones, are sent to the developing world where they are ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Feds want nuclear waste train, but nowhere to go

    The U.S. government is looking for trains to haul radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to disposal sites. Too bad those trains have nowhere to go. Putting the cart before the horse, the U.S. Department of Energy recently asked companies for ideas on how the government should get the rail cars needed to haul 150-ton casks filled with used, radioactive nuclear fuel. They won't be moving ...


    By Associated Press

  • Tank Cleanup at Defense Sites Will Leave Radioactive Waste

    Untitled Document WASHINGTON, DC, - High-level radioactive material will remain in nuclear waste the Department of Energy plans ...

  • Extended Producer Responsibility and the e-waste problem

    The practice of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is picking up steam, most notably in the information technology industry. A growing number of companies are taking on greater levels of responsibility for the environmental impacts of their products - from point of manufacturing through to end of the life recycling. E-waste recycling is taking off, but obstacles remain to its widespread ...

  • Coal-ash waste poses risk across the nation

    The billion-gallon wave of toxic coal-ash sludge that burst from a power-plant retention pond and buried 300 acres of rural Tennessee hints at a far larger problem: hundreds of similar threats nationwide. More than 1,300 coal-ash waste sites are dotted across the United States, about half of them actively used, federal data show. Some are landfills. The rest are 'surface impoundments' (storage ...


    By Axcess News

  • It’s time to tackle construction and demolition waste

    A little known fact of Canadian achievements is that on a per capita basis we generate more wastes than any other country in the world. Construction and demolition waste forms a large part of this dubious distinction. In 2009 the Canadian Council for the Ministers of the Environment (CCME) developed a waste action plan to tackle this problem. In the first phase of the plan, specific materials ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • US EPA challenges shipbrokers over toxic waste violations

    The US Environmental Protection Agency has issued a federal complaint against Global Shipping and Global Marketing Systems, Inc. for distribution in commerce and export of PCB-containing materials on the MV Oceanic, formerly the SS Independence, a ship being sent by Global to be scrapped overseas. Fines against these two companies may be assessed up to $32,500 per violation per day. The MV ...

  • Extended producer responsibility and the e-waste problem

    The practice of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is picking up steam, most notably in the information technology industry. A growing number of companies are taking on greater levels of responsibility for the environmental impacts of their products - from point of manufacturing through to end of the life recycling. E-waste recycling is taking off, but obstacles remain to its widespread ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • EPA requires Phoenix facility to safely handle hazardous waste

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently fined World Resources Company $39,900 for violations of hazardous waste laws. World Resources, located in Tolleson, Ariz. uses manufactured residues to produce metal concentrates and was fined $39,900 for violations of hazardous waste regulations. In this case, the violations stemmed from improper shipment of hazardous wastes. World Resources ...

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