Enforcement and Compliance News

  • China releases green goals for 2011

    Mar 30 2011

    China's resource conservation and environmental protection goals for 2011 were released by the National Development and Reform Commission on Tuesday, and related regulations are likely to be announced soon, the Shanghai Securities Times reported.
    The country intends to reduce its energy consumption per unit of gross domestic product by 3.5 percent compared to 2010, and the water consumption per 10,000 yuan of industrial value-added output is set to see a 7 percent year-on-year dip, the report said, adding that both goals were higher than market expectations.

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  • Gas-leak residents win $23.5m payout

    Mar 25 2011

    Hundreds of residents affected by a methane gas leak in Cranbourne will share more than $20 million in compensation paid by Casey Council and the Environment Protection Authority.

    A settlement has been reached in the class action by 750 residents and individual property owners will soon be contacted and told how much of the $23.5 million they will receive.

    Read full story here: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/gasleak-residents-win-235m-payout-20110325-1c9cy.html

  • Govt Asks for Pollution Ruling To Be Dismissed

    Mar 22 2011

    The Pollution Control Department will ask the Civil Court to dismiss an arbitration committee's ruling ordering the agency to pay billions of baht in compensation to a consortium involved in the aborted Klong Dan project in Samut Prakan.

    Read full story here: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/227898/govt-asks-for-pollution-ruling-to-be-dismissed

  • People Worried About Water Pollution: Poll

    Mar 22 2011

    People living near industrial factories are concerned about the toxic contamination of water sources as the government has failed to prevent this problem, Greenpeace Southeast Asia revealed yesterday.

    The agency's co-coordinator for the anti-toxic campaign, Plai Pirom, said that to mark World Water Day today, Greenpeace Southeast Asia and Abac Poll had conducted a survey about water pollution on 1,550 people living in Bangkok and around Ayutthaya's Bang Pa-in Industrial Estate and Samut Prakan's Bang Phli and Bang Chan industrial estates. The study found that 80.2 per cent of those polled wanted a law requiring factories to publicise information about their environmental...

  • US Environment Agency Proposes National Standards for Power Plants

    Mar 21 2011

    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) flexed its national regulatory muscles last week when it proposed new regulations that would limit toxic emissions of air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power. Mercury, arsenic, and other air toxics - all known or suspected of causing cancer and other serious health conditions, according to the EPA - would be reduced through the installation of pollution control equipment.

    The rules would be the first-ever national standards established for US power plants as was mandated to be done 20 years ago under the 1990 Clean Air Act.

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  • Chevron to pay Billions in Damages, Ecuadorian Court Rules

    Feb 21 2011

    An Ecuadorean court has ruled that US oil giant Chevron should pay at least US$8.6 billion to Amazonian communities to help combat environmental damages caused by oil drilling. Both sides say they plan to appeal the court's decision in coming week.

    Read full story here: http://ictsd.org/i/news/biores/101288/

  • Cemex to Pay $1.4 Million for US Clean Air Act Violations

    Feb 11 2011

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Justice Department announced that Cemex, Inc., one of the largest producers of Portland cement in the United States, has agreed to pay a $1.4 million penalty for Clean Air Act violations at its cement plant in Fairborn, Ohio. In addition to the penalty, Cemex will spend an estimated $2 million on pollution controls that will reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulfur dioxide (SO2).

    Read full article here: http://www.enn.com/top_stories/article/42343

  • Thailand's Pollution Control Department Told to Pay B6bn in Klong Dan Case

    Feb 11 2011
    An arbitration committee ruled on Jan 12 that the Pollution Control Department has been ordered to pay compensation of almost 6 billion baht plus interest to the consortium that built the Klong Dan waste water treatment plant. Read full article here: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/220931/dept-told-to-pay-b6bn-in-klong-dan-case

  • India's Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011

    Feb 7 2011

    India's Ministry of Environment and Forests has today notified the Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011 to replace the earlier Recycled Plastics Manufacture and Usage Rules, 1999 (amended in 2003). These Rules have been brought out following detailed discussions and consultations with a wide spectrum of stakeholders including civil society, industry bodies, relevant Central Government Ministries and State Governments.

    See the press release here: http://moef.nic.in/downloads/public-information/Press%20Note_Plastics%20Rules_Feb%202011.pdf

  • South Asian Countries Establish Network to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade

    Feb 7 2011

    An international agreement between eight South Asian countries to help curb illegal wildlife trade and protect rare and endangered species was formally adopted last week in Paro, Bhutan. The South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN) seeks to coordinate efforts to combat poaching and trafficking of threatened species in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

    Read full article here: http://ictsd.org/i/news/biores/100094/