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China encourages environmental groups to sue polluters

Date of Release: 
Jan 7 2015

China on Wednesday granted public interest groups more power to sue those that flout environmental protection laws, the country’s highest court said, as Beijing steps up efforts to curb pollution that regularly chokes major cities.

Social groups that work to fight polluters judicially will gain special status and have court fees reduced, the Supreme People’s Court said on its website.

They will also be allowed to sue firms or individuals across China, regardless of where the organisation is based.

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Without passing a single law, Obama crafts bold environmental plan

Date of Release: 
Nov 28 2014

President Barack Obama could leave office with the most aggressive, far-reaching environmental legacy of any previous occupant of the White House. Yet it is very likely that not a single major environmental law will have passed during his two terms in Washington.

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Revised eco law will test China's determination to go green

Date of Release: 
Jul 4 2014

As part of its push to combat a growing pollution problem, China is revising its environmental protection law for the first time in 25 years and will enforce the changes in January next year. The question is: Can the country, particularly its courts, walk the talk?

The revised law includes a number of clauses aimed at better preserving the environment and punishing polluters more harshly. The changes will allow third parties, such as nongovernmental organizations, to take legal action against offenders in the name of public interest.

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Loei villagers sue to stop mining

Date of Release: 
May 30 2014

A group of Loei villagers and environmental activists have petitioned the Central Administrative Court to revoke concessions issued to three iron mining companies in Chiang Khan district, claiming the process of issuing permits to the firms was illegal.

The group named the Industry Ministry's Industries and Mines Department, the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry's Royal Forest Department, the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning, and the local administrative agencies as defendants in a lawsuit filed with the court yesterday.

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Locals sue to revoke power plant licence

Date of Release: 
May 7 2014

VILLAGERS FROM Prachin Buri's Kabin Buri district yesterday filed a lawsuit with the Central Administrative Court to revoke the licence of a biomass power plant planned by KS Marketing International in tambon Khao Mai Kaew.

They claimed related agencies had abused their authority in issuing the licence because the area was reserved for conservation and could not be the site for a power plant.

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Thai agencies, officials sued in landfill fire

Date of Release: 
May 2 2014

Locals affected by pollution from two toxic garbage dump fires in tambon Phraeksa in Muang district on Wednesday sued seven state agencies and officials for failure, negligence and delay in performing their duty to handle the fires and illegal dumping of hazardous waste.

Samnuan Prapin of the Lawyers Council of Thailand's environmental committee filed the lawsuits with the Central Administrative Court on behalf of 165 affected residents.

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NGOs threaten to sue over Don Sahong dam

Date of Release: 
Nov 6 2013

Environmentalists and NGOs are threatening to sue developers of a controversial hydropower dam, claiming the project would cause irreversible damage to the Mekong River.

The Don Sahong dam, a 260-megawatt project proposed on a site less than two kilometres north of the Cambodian-Lao border, is expected to begin construction this month.

Members of Save the Mekong Coalition gathered yesterday at a conference urging a moratorium on the dam until further studies could be conducted.

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Thai Ministry elects not to sue over oil spill

Date of Release: 
Oct 29 2013

The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry has decided not to take legal action against PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) for damaging Koh Samet's Ao Phrao beach.

The ministry says the petrochemical firm - a subsidiary of oil giant conglomerate PTT Plc - has agreed to pay compensation to cover environmental damage to the beach's marine life after the oil spill on July 27.

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WALHI plans to sue government over forest fires

Date of Release: 
Oct 8 2013

The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (WALHI), a conservation group, has said that it will file a lawsuit against the government for failing to control the annual forest fires in Sumatra.

WALHI said that it would file the case at the Central Jakarta District Court through its ‘Pulihkan Indonesia’ (Restore Indonesia) advocacy team.

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Philippines: Raps filed vs. former mayor, actors

Date of Release: 
Sep 15 2013

FORMER Mayor Florencio “Jun” Bernabe of Parañaque City and four showbiz personalities-turned city councilors are facing graft charges before the Office of the Ombudsman for approving a proposal to develop more than 100 hectares of reclaimed land in Manila Bay.
Now in hot water are councilors Venesa Alma Moreno-Salic, Jason Webb, Val Sotto and Roselle Nava after a group of residents of the city filed a letter-complaint assailing the agreement with Avesco Marketing Corp. for the implementation of a project that might allegedly cause irreparable damage to the environment.

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