Waste

Wastewater Injection Linked to Oklahoma’s Largest Earthquake

Wastewater Injection Linked to Oklahoma’s Largest Earthquake

  NEW YORK, New York, March 28, 2013 (ENS) – The rising number of earthquakes in normally calm parts of Arkansas, Texas, Ohio and Colorado are linked to the underground injection of wastewater, finds a new study in the journal “Geology.” As...

 

Civil Engineers Raise U.S. Infrastructure Grade to D+

Civil Engineers Raise U.S. Infrastructure Grade to D+

  WASHINGTON, DC, March 20, 2013 (ENS) – Over the past four years, the state of America’s infrastructure has improved from a grade of D to D+ but a spending shortfall of $1.6 trillion is anticipated by 2020, the American Society...

 

Six Storage Tanks Leaking at Hanford Nuclear Site

Six Storage Tanks Leaking at Hanford Nuclear Site

  RICHLAND, Washington, February 23, 2013 (ENS) – Six single-shell containment tanks are leaking highly radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Site in south-central Washington state, Energy Department officials have discovered. Two-thirds...

 

Oregon Welcomes Japanese Tsunami Debris Activists

Oregon Welcomes Japanese Tsunami Debris Activists

  LINCOLN CITY, Oregon, February 18, 2013 (ENS) – Japanese environmentalists concerned about marine debris scattered across the Pacific by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami came to Lincoln City on the weekend to coordinate with...

 

Swiss Parliament Passes Plastic Bag Ban

Swiss Parliament Passes Plastic Bag Ban

  BERNE, Switzerland, December 17, 2012 (ENS) – Switzerland’s Parliament has approved a motion banning single-use plastic shopping bags. Both houses of the Swiss Parliament Thursday voted to forbid the distribution of the plastic...

 

Bolivia Invests $20 Million in Waste Management

Bolivia Invests $20 Million in Waste Management

  WASHINGTON, DC, December 10, 2012 (ENS) – Bolivia will improve municipal solid waste management services such as collection, transportation, and disposal, with a $20 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank, the bank...

 

Toronto Trashes Its Plastic Bag Ban

Toronto Trashes Its Plastic Bag Ban

  TORONTO, Ontario, Canada, November 29, 2012 (ENS) – Toronto City Council has thrown out its controversial plastic bag ban. City Council voted 38-7 on Wednesday to approve a motion by Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong that kills the...

 

‘Superbug’ MRSA Found in U.S. Wastewater Treatment Plants

‘Superbug’ MRSA Found in U.S. Wastewater Treatment Plants

  COLLEGE PARK, Maryland, November 14, 2012 (ENS) – The “superbug” methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is prevalent at several U.S. wastewater treatment plants,  scientists have found in the first study...

 

Uganda High Court Rules in Favor of Plastic Bag Ban

Uganda High Court Rules in Favor of Plastic Bag Ban

  KAMPALA, Uganda, November 12, 2012 (ENS) – The High Court of Uganda has determined that “the rampant and uncontrolled use of polythene bags” poses a danger to the environment and “violates the rights of citizens of Uganda to a...

 

Cell Phones All Contain Toxics: Older Ones the Most

Cell Phones All Contain Toxics: Older Ones the Most

By Sunny Lewis ANN ARBOR, Michigan, October 11, 2012 (ENS) – All 36 cell phones torn apart in a new study to identify which phones are the most toxic, tested positive for chemical hazards such as lead and mercury. The study was conducted...

 

Cell Phones All Contain Toxics: Older Ones the Most

Cell Phones All Contain Toxics: Older Ones the Most

  ANN ARBOR, Michigan, October 11, 2012 (ENS) – In a new study identifying which cell phones are the worst for toxic chemicals, researchers found that 100 percent of the 36 phones tested contain chemical hazards such as lead and mercury....

 

Haiti Bans Plastic Bags and Foam Containers

Haiti Bans Plastic Bags and Foam Containers

  PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, October 3, 2012 (ENS) – Haiti’s government has banned the import, manufacture and marketing of black plastic polyethylene bags and polystyrene foam containers as of October 1. “This is a logical...

 

Sewage Troubles in Havana

Sewage Troubles in Havana

  By Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias HAVANA, Cuba, October 3, 2012 (ENS) – Poor maintenance of drains at an apartment block in central Havana has created a serious health hazard for residents. A maintenance worker says much of the...

 

300 Public Interest Groups Enter Coal Ash Control Battle

300 Public Interest Groups Enter Coal Ash Control Battle

  WASHINGTON, DC, September 17, 2012 (ENS) – More than 300 public interest groups representing millions of people from all 50 states sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Friday opposing S.3512, the Coal Ash Recycling and Oversight Act...

 

Judge Upholds San Francisco’s Plastic Bag Law

Judge Upholds San Francisco’s Plastic Bag Law

  SAN FRANCISCO, California, September 16, 2012 (ENS) – A San Francisco Superior Court judge has upheld the validity of a local ordinance extending San Francisco’s ban on non-compostable plastic checkout bags to all retail stores...

 

Delhi’s New Plastic Bag Ban Carries Stiff Penalties

Delhi’s New Plastic Bag Ban Carries Stiff Penalties

  NEW DELHI, India, September 12, 2012 (ENS) – The government of India’s capital city says its some 17 million residents will have to learn to shop without plastic bags. On Tuesday, the Delhi cabinet approved an order imposing...

 

Illinois Governor Vetos Ban on Plastic Bag Bans

Illinois Governor Vetos Ban on Plastic Bag Bans

  SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, August 27, 2012 (ENS) – Illinois cities and towns can still pass ordinances to ban single-use plastic bags now that Governor Pat Quinn Sunday vetoed the Plastic Bag and Film Recycling Act, SB 3442. Illinois...

 

Hanford Double-Shell Tank Leaks Nuclear Waste

Hanford Double-Shell Tank Leaks Nuclear Waste

  RICHLAND, Washington, August 20, 2012 (ENS) – For the first time, a leak of highly radioactive waste has been detected from a double-shelled tank at the Hanford Nuclear Site in central Washington state. The public interest group...

 

China Urged to Impose ‘Green’ Taxes

China Urged to Impose ‘Green’ Taxes

MANILA, Philippines, August 15, 2012 (ENS) – The Chinese government should establish a “green taxation system” to attain its target of reducing pollution and promoting sustainable economic growth, the Asian Development Bank...

 

Hong Kong Probes Liability for Plastic Pellet Spill

Hong Kong Probes Liability for Plastic Pellet Spill

HONG KONG, China, August 14, 2012 (ENS) – Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying says he supports the investigation into who is responsible for the plastic pellet spill, in which around 150 tonnes of plastic were dumped into the sea. Leung...

 
 
 
 

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