Pollution

EPA Claims Stricter U.S. Refinery Emission Rules Not Needed
August 23, 2007 07:19 PM - Chris Baltimore. Reuters

WASHINGTON - According to the US government, health risks linked with toxic air pollution from crude oil refineries are "acceptably low" and "don't justify" tighter federal rules, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday. The EPA was required to review its policy on refinery pollutants by a settlement reached in 2006 with environmental groups like the Sierra Club, who had sued the agency in 2005 for missing a 2003 deadline for issuing its review.

China Takes Steps to Restore Polluted River Basins
August 23, 2007 09:33 AM - Ling Li - Worldwatch Institute

Early last month, China’s top environmental authority, the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), announced a decision to suspend the approval of all new industrial projects in 13 cities and industrial parks along four major rivers that are suffering from severe water pollution

Bush Administration Set to Ease Legal Limits on Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
August 23, 2007 08:01 AM - EarthJustice

Continuing a dangerous and irresponsible trend, the federal Office of Surface Mining (OSM) this week will announce plans to try again to make stream annihilation legal by exempting coal mining wastes from a 1983 regulation.

Lead Causes More U.S. Recalls of China-made Toys
August 23, 2007 07:15 AM - Reuters

Excessive amounts of lead paint on toys and other children's products led the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue a recall of more than 300,000 Chinese-made items on Wednesday. The recall includes about 250,000 SpongeBob SquarePants address books and journals because they may have excessive levels of lead paint on their metal spiral bindings.

Green Certification Now Available For Minnesota Homes
August 22, 2007 09:15 PM - PR Newswire

MINNEAPOLIS - Remodeling projects and new homes in Minnesota can now achieve "green" certification through a new voluntary program called Minnesota GreenStar: Certified Green Homes and Remodeling.

UK Man Convicted Of Dumping Asbestos Is Jailed, Has Assets Frozen
August 22, 2007 09:12 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

London - Britian's Assets Recovery Agency (ARA), working in partnership with the Environment Agency, has frozen properties belonging to a Bradford man convicted of illegally dumping asbestos and excavation waste. ARA's investigation follows the conviction of William John Peter Reidy, aged 60, of Bradford. Reidy was convicted following the illegal activities of a demolition business run by him, called Space Making Development. In spite of not holding a waste management licence, the firm was being paid to take building waste away from companies across Yorkshire

Wal-Mart: Tainted Dog Treats, Chinese-Made, Found On Shelves 3 Weeks Ago
August 22, 2007 01:40 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it pulled two Chinese-made dog treats from its shelves nearly a month ago, and tests now show they had traces of melamine, a chemical found in pet food that was blamed for the deaths of pets and led to a massive recall earlier this year. The two types of dog treats -- Chicken Jerky Strips manufactured by Import-Pingyang Pet Product Co. and Chicken Jerky manufactured by Shanghai Bestro Trading -- were removed from its stores on July 26, Wal-Mart spokeswoman Deisha Galberth said in a statement.

Environmental Disasters Reduce the Likelihood of Pro-Green Votes by Members of Congress
August 22, 2007 11:22 AM - University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles - Conventional wisdom holds that environmental disasters lead Congress to toughen regulatory standards. But a new study has found that members of Congress were less likely to take pro-green positions on legislation in the wake of such disasters than at other times during the same calendar year.

Stalk Burning Fuels China Pollution Woes
August 22, 2007 09:58 AM - Jia Hepeng, SciDevNet

A new study published in the August issue of the Chinese Science Bulletin, scientists estimate that farmers burning stalks produced 210.2 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2000, the most recent year for official figures on China's total carbon dioxide emissions. This was 6.1 per cent of China's total emissions that year.

Controversy Over GMO Corn Approval In Brazil
August 22, 2007 09:51 AM - Luisa Massarani, SciDevNet

Brazil's biosafety committee has approved two sets of guidelines governing the use of genetically modified (GM) corn, despite criticism from within its ranks. The Brazilian National Biosafety Technical Committee (CTNBio), which oversees the use of GM organisms in the country, last week (16 August) approved plans for monitoring and coexistence.

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