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

Date of Release: 
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

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China girds for ‘war on pollution’

Date of Release: 
Jul 12 2014

Having declared “war on pollution,” China is arming itself with tougher weapons such as new courts, daily fines and shutting down offenders altogether, in what analysts call promising steps that bring no guarantee of progress.

For decades, China accepted the blight on the environment as collateral damage from the tremendous economic growth that raised the incomes of hundreds of millions of people — who now increasingly clamor for better quality of life as well.

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NGT slams MoEF and state governments for neglecting solid waste disposal

Date of Release: 
May 6 2014

National Green Tribunal (NGT) Bhopal bench has slammed Union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF), Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan governments for not implementing municipal solid waste (MSW) rules framed in 2000 and for also not furnishing satisfactory replies in this regard.

Green panel has asked for personal appearance of principal secretaries of urban administration department from the three states and deputy secretary and above ranked officer from MoEF dealing with MSW rules to explain their stand before May 8, the next date of hearing.

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Guizhou strives to balance economy, environment

Date of Release: 
Nov 18 2013

GUIYANG/BEIJING, China ― At the epicenter of breakneck growth in southwestern China, Guizhou province is ramping up efforts to tackle pollution that poses an increasing threat to the region’s public health, foreign investment and tourism.

Fortified with ample cultural and natural heritage, the provincial government is seeking to turn one of the country’s least developed regions into an industrial and tourism hub.

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Coal tar units without EC to be shut down: Green Tribunal

Date of Release: 
Nov 6 2013

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has made it clear that any coal tar processing unit operating in the country without clearance from State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) or Environment Ministry shall cease its operations till it obtains the requisite permission.

A bench headed by Justice P Jyothimani, however, made it clear that if a unit does not fall within the purview of the 2006 Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) notification, which provides for environment clearance (EC) requirement, it shall not be prohibited from operating.

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Indian Govt may clip green tribunal’s wings

Date of Release: 
Nov 5 2013

The war of words between the judiciary and the government can turn murkier as the government is looking at clipping the wings of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to check its environmental activism. The environment ministry had to hurriedly notify the recommendations of the Kasturirangan panel on the Western Ghats angering the state government, which claimed that they were not consulted before making 37% of the bio-diverse rich zone as an ecologically sensitive area.

Number of activities including mining and construction of new townships has been banned in the sensitive area.

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Malaysia: Environment court opens

Date of Release: 
Sep 10 2012

The start of the first and specialised Environmental Court in Jalan Duta today is a beacon of hope for those who are working closely on or championing environmental issues.

Department of Environment (DoE) director-general Halimah Hassan described the formation as "very positive" and hoped more environmental cases would be heard and cleared at a faster rate.

"I hope the court will be able to create a greater deterrent for environmental criminals. This is because environmental crime is a serious matter. To assist the court, we will continue with our enforcement and operation," she said.

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