Enforcement and Compliance News
Researchers find 39 unreported sources of major pollution: NASA
Jun 2 2016
(Reuters) - Researchers in the United States and Canada have located 39 unreported sources of major pollution using a new satellite-based method, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration said.
The unreported sources of toxic sulfur dioxide emissions are clusters of coal-burning power plants, smelters and oil and gas operations in the Middle East, Mexico and Russia that were found in an analysis of satellite data from 2005 to 2014, NASA said in a statement on Wednesday.
The analysis also found that the satellite-based estimates of the emissions were two or three times higher than those reported from known sources in those regions, NASA said.
The Air We Breathe
May 31 2016
Every year, nearly 4 million people die from outdoor air pollution – that’s more than are killed by AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Nearly 90 per cent of those deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, which typically lack the capacity to monitor the quality of their air.
But UNEP has developed a ground-breaking – and affordable – new device to measure air quality, and it’s making the blueprints for the technology available to the public. The agency hopes that the device, which costs up to 100 times less than mainstream solutions on the market, will revolutionize air quality measurement across the developing world.
“Air quality is now being seen by every...
Convert to natural gas, UP pollution control board tells industries
May 29 2016
In order to reduce air pollution levels, the Uttar Pradesh pollution control board (UPPCB) has issued directions to industries in Ghaziabad and Hapur districts to present within 120 days a workplan to convert from solid fuels to compressed natural gas (CNG) or piped natural gas (PNG).
According to officials from the regional pollution control department at Ghaziabad, the notices were issued to nearly 281 industrial units in Ghaziabad and another 36 units in Hapur on the directions of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
“The industries will now have to reply and present their workplan to convert to natural gas. They have to reply by August end. The conversion will be...
ECoR asked to pay Rs 50 lakh for violating pollution norm
May 28 2016
Bhubaneswar: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the East Coast Railway (ECoR) to pay Rs 50 lakh for operating Jakhapura Railway Siding in Jajpur district without taking consent from the Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB).
Hearing a petition filed by Aswini Kumar Dhal of Jakhapura in may last year, the tribunal on its May 25 order asked ECoR to pay the amount within two months to Jajpur district collector for development of periphery area of the railway siding. The tribunal has invoked its 'Polluter Pays' principle (polluter to bear the cost of the pollution) to impose fine on the Railways.
NGT further directed that Rs 25 lakh of the penalty to be...
Legarda: Coal-fired power plants threat to lives, environment
May 28 2016
CLARK FREEPORT - Senator Loren Legarda has renewed her call on government to tap cleaner and less wasteful sources of energy, expressing alarm over the adverse environmental impacts of coal-fired power plants in the country.
Legarda, chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, lauded the Aquino administration's order to agencies of government to review the country’s energy policy, which may see the Philippines moving away from carbon-intensive coal power generation.
“I am in full support of President Benigno Aquino's order to government to review the current energy policy and I hope he will seize the opportunity to push for pro-environmental projects to mitigate...
Govt to seek retrial of Klong Dan case
May 17 2016
THE Cabinet resolved yesterday to seek an Administrative Court retrial in the corruption-plagued Klong Dan wastewater treatment plant case, in which the government was ordered to pay Bt9.6-billion compensation to the contractors for cancelling its construction.
The Finance Ministry was assigned by the Cabinet to approach the court again, Government Spokesman Maj-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd said yesterday.
The government would attempt to prove that the NVPSKG consortium of contractors had distorted facts and been instrumental in the irregularity involving state officials.
This was a new piece of information that would be cited in seeking a retrial, he said.
NGT notice to UP govt for illegal sand-mining in Sambhal
May 17 2016
Bareilly: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday directed chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh, director of state level environment impact assessment authority, district magistrate and senior superintendent ,of police, Sambhal to file a response on the issue of illegal sand-mining in Sambhal district.
The application, claiming that sand mafias are carrying on mining at the banks of river Ganga in Ishampur village of Sambhal district, was filed by a social activist on April 8.
Phirey Ram Prajapati, a social worker and a resident of Ghaziabad, petitioned in the tribunal that illegal mining was being carried out in the close vicinity of the Narora atomic power station and on...
Yangon rubbish piles up
May 16 2016
Yangon residents are producing more rubbish and there are fewer places to put it, officials warn. According to a two-year survey carried out by the municipality, lifestyle changes are responsible for some of the increase, which has been exacerbated by a rise in population.
Using data collected between November 2015 and February covering 4,666,721 people living in Yangon Region’s 33 townships, it says the city’s 5.21 million people produce 1981 tonnes of garbage a day. Each person disposes of about 0.41 kilograms (0.9 pounds) daily, ranging from 0.43kg in western Yangon to 0.38kg in the northern part of the city.
“In 2012, the average weight of rubbish per person was 0.34kg...
Joint Statement Between The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and The Ministry of The Environment of Japan on Continued Bilateral Environmental Cooperation
May 16 2016
TOYAMA, JAPAN - While gathered in Toyama, Japan for the G7 Environment Ministers’ Meeting, the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Gina McCarthy, and the Minister of the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ), Tamayo Marukawa, met to discuss accomplishments and plans for U.S. – Japan environmental cooperation. This builds on an August 24, 2015 meeting between Administrator McCarthy and then MOEJ-Minister Yoshio Mochizuki on a common view to enhance bilateral and regional environmental collaboration. While in Japan for the G7 meetings, Administrator McCarthy will also travel to Minamata to underscore our joint commitment to reduce mercury pollution and...
Air pollution rising at an 'alarming rate' in world's cities
May 12 2016
Outdoor air pollution has grown 8% globally in the past five years, with billions of people around the world now exposed to dangerous air, according to new data from more than 3,000 cities compiled by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
While all regions are affected, fast-growing cities in the Middle East, south-east Asia and the western Pacific are the most impacted with many showing pollution levels at five to 10 times above WHO recommended levels.
According to the new WHO database, levels of ultra-fine particles of less than 2.5 microns (PM2.5s) are highest in India, which has 16 of the world’s 30 most polluted cities.
China, which has been plagued by air...