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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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S'pore malls, hotels told to report waste they dump

Date of Release: 
Jun 15 2014

About 250 shopping malls and hotels in Singapore will need to report waste and recycling data to their National Environment Agency (NEA) from next year.

They must state the weight of waste discarded and channeled for reuse and recycling, broken down by type - such as paper, metals and food. Their reports must reach the agency by the first quarter of next year.

Companies must also submit waste reduction plans.

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Thailand's Industry ministry tightens its grip on factories

Date of Release: 
Apr 26 2014

The movement came after news relating to improper disposal of industrial waste by factories surfaced and is increasingly harassing people living in their vicinities and also a threat to environment.

Under the tough measures to be implemented, factories are required to report the type and amount of waste created and name their waste disposal service provider, along with three main factory licencing procedures; the factory licence application, the issued licence and renewals of the licence.

Failure to conform to the rules faces factory closure or licence withdrawal.

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Indian survey finds lead in wall paint 100 times higher than safe limit

Date of Release: 
Nov 20 2013

Out of 250 cans of wall paint tested for lead as part of a survey, 111 had lead concentrations about 100 times higher than the safety standard in most parts of the world. The highest concentration spotted was 1,60,000 parts per million, the safety standard being only about 90ppm.

This could mean that a lot of children may be unknowingly getting exposed to high lead levels in their homes and classrooms. Children in the age group of 0 to 10 years are most vulnerable to neurological impacts of lead exposure.

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When the paint peels off: Sri Lanka and high level of lead in household paints

Date of Release: 
Oct 6 2013

While the Centre for Environmental Justice has painted the town red with its revelations about excessive lead in paints used locally, the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) meanwhile has began its whitewashing campaign to paint over the new damning report. The CAA has been in the headlines for the past few days for its failure to ensure the implementation of the law pertaining to hazardous levels of lead content in paint. According to the gazette notificaition, it is only the CAA that can take legal action over this particular matter.

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Chinese gov't mulls rules on timely reporting of environmental emergencies

Date of Release: 
Sep 15 2011

The government is mulling rules to punish those who fail to perform their duties to timely report major pollution cases, according to a senior official with the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP).

The MEP and the Ministry of Supervision will jointly release the regulations on questioning the responsibilities of relevant parties in failing to deal with major environmental emergencies properly, said MEP vice minister Zhang Lijun Wednesday at a meeting on the safety of drinking water sources.

Read full article: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2011-09/15/c_131138927.htm

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