Enforcement and Compliance News

  • Tackling Food Waste as a Way to Save the Climate, Too

    Sep 6 2016

    At his hog farm about a dozen miles from Las Vegas' famed strip, Bob Combs became a celebrity of sorts for hauling thousands of pounds of leftovers from casinos' all-you-can-eat buffets and feeding it to his 3,000 pigs.

    Farmers used to call the practice "garbage feeding." Today, researchers see it as a tool for stemming climate change. That's because the growing amount of wasted food around the world adds methane, a potent greenhouse gas, to the atmosphere as it rots in landfills.

    Combs just happened to be a pioneer recycler.

    "These buffets, they generate so much waste," said Nicole Civita, director of the Food Recovery Project at the University of Arkansas School of...

  • 'Air pollution' particles linked to Alzheimer's found in human brain

    Sep 6 2016

    Tiny magnetic particles produced by car engines and brakes can travel into the human brain and may trigger Alzheimer's disease, scientists have warned.

    Researchers at Lancaster, Oxford and Manchester Universities discovered microscopic spheres of the mineral magnetite in the brains of 37 people in Manchester and Mexico who had suffered neurodegenerative disease.

    The mineral magnetite is known to be toxic and is linked to the production of free radicals which are associated with Alzheimer's Disease.

    Although magnetite has previously been found in the brains of people who had died of Alzheimer's disease, it was thought it occurred naturally. However the tiny balls...

  • Levee builders endeavour to quash deluge of complaints

    Sep 3 2016

    'We are building a dyke, not a concrete pavement," Pongsakorn Punpanich, an engineer from Macro Consultant Co, said with frustration. He was speaking to the Bangkok Post about a dyke construction project in Bang Kachao, in Samut Prakan's Phra Pradaeng district which serves as "the lung for the city".

    Mr Pongsakorn was responding to questions about the project raised by netizens and civic groups who are concerned about the adverse environmental effects the construction project might create.

    He said many activists misunderstood what the project was about and believed it would be a concrete structure along the Chao Phraya River. The project is actually a dyke to prevent water...

  • Mounting pile of garbage polluting Koh Larn

    Sep 1 2016

    CHON BURI -- Residents of Koh Larn have complained that the problem of disposing of mounting piles of garbage on the popular tourist island off Pattaya is becoming worse, with about 10,000 tonnes of accumulated waste and rubbish already disfiguring the island.

    The tiny resort island has a resident population of about 4,000, according to official domicile registration records.

    However, there are another 4,000-8,000 people from elsewhere, including migrant workers, also living on the island.

    The bigger population and a constant increase in number of hotels, resorts, homestays, restaurants and shops, as well as the large number of daily visitors, has compounded the...

  • Community opposes new PTT gas pipeline in Rayong

    Aug 30 2016

    RAYONG -- Residents of Nong Faeb in tambon Map Ta Phut have put up banners and signboards showing their opposition to PTT Plc's plan to lay a 5th natural gas pipeline through their community.

    They argue that PTT's plan routes the 5th natural gas pipeline through the heart of Nong Faeb community, near schools, a temple and along a railroad parallel with the existing 4th pipeline.

    One angry resident, who asked not to be named, said the pipeline was planned in conjunction with the construction of a sea port, gas storage facilities and factories near the community. For residents it would be like living in the middle of a cluster of live bombs, he said.

    "We are already...

  • The Fallout From Vietnam's Mass Fish Deaths Continues

    Aug 27 2016

    The mystery of Vietnam’s mass fish deaths was officially solved two months ago when Formosa Ha Tinh Steel (FHS) was found to be behind the discharge of toxins into the ocean on the country’s central coast. However, the saga continues to play out on various fronts.

    It was hoped that the one positive that might come out of the whole sorry tale was better environmental stewardship from corporations and authorities. Yet it surfaced in mid July, not two weeks after FHS was slapped with the massive fine, that one of its business units was under investigation for burying waste on a farm in Ha Tinh province.

    And to really round out the tale, the 100-ton waste was found buried on...

  • Ecological consequences of amphetamine pollution in urban streams

    Aug 25 2016

    (Millbrook, NY) Pharmaceutical and illicit drugs are present in streams in Baltimore, Maryland. At some sites, amphetamine concentrations are high enough to alter the base of the aquatic food web. So reports a new study released today in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, which is one of the first to explore the ecological consequences of stimulant pollution in urban streams.

    Lead author Sylvia S. Lee conducted the work as a postdoctoral researcher at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Lee, now with the Environmental Protection Agency, comments, "Around the world, treated and untreated wastewater entering surface waters contains pharmaceuticals and illicit...

  • Air pollution threat hidden as research 'presumes people are at home': study

    Aug 24 2016

    The true impact of air pollution has been obscured by the failure to consider people’s exposure as they move around during the day, according to a new study that has mapped the hotspots of New York’s air pollution based on where people gather for work or recreation.

    The research cites air pollution as “the world’s single largest environment and human health threat” but laments that the problem has not previously been “considered spatially and temporally”, with most studies basing a person’s pollution exposure on where they live.

    Using information obtained from cellphone towers, the researchers were able to build up a picture of millions of New Yorkers’ movements over the...

  • Coca-Cola's second largest bottling plant in India has been shut down

    Aug 18 2016

    The bottling plant in Hapur has been under scrutiny by the National Green Tribunal India's ‘Green Court ‘– since 2015, and a number of inspections by government regulators have found the plant to be flouting environmental laws in India, and also operating without valid licenses, or No Objection Certificate (NOC).

    Egregious Pollution

    Coca-Cola has had ample time to rectify the pollution violations, and the company had prior notice before inspections. Yet, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), India’'s top environmental regulatory agency, and the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB), the state’'s primary...

  • Coal Burning Causes the Most Air Pollution Deaths in China, Study Finds

    Aug 17 2016

    BEIJING — Burning coal has the worst health impact of any source of air pollution in China and caused 366,000 premature deaths in 2013, Chinese and American researchers said on Thursday.

    Coal is responsible for about 40 percent of the deadly fine particulate matter known as PM 2.5 in China’s atmosphere, according to a study the researchers released in Beijing.

    Those figures are consistent with what Chinese scientists have been saying in recent years about industrial coal burning and its relation to air pollution.

    The study, which was peer-reviewed, grew out of a collaboration between Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s top research universities, and the...