Pollution

China Drafts Laws To Curb Pollution
August 26, 2007 04:29 PM - Lindsay Beck, Reuters

BEIJING - China began deliberating a draft law aimed at boosting energy saving and emissions reductions on Sunday, its latest effort to curb widespread resource waste and degradation.

Smog Smothers Japan, Experts Point to China
August 24, 2007 07:07 AM - Reuters, Chisa Fujioka

Smog is menacing Japanese cities for the first time in 30 years and cropping up in rural areas for the first time ever, alarming the government and prompting experts to point the finger at neighboring China. Warnings for high levels of hazardous smog have been issued in a record 28 prefectures so far this year, from sparsely populated isles in southern Japan to Niigata, western Japan, where 350 people have suffered stinging eyes and throats.

U.S. Panel Sets Sept 19 Hearing On Lead-Tainted Toys
August 23, 2007 09:37 PM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. congressional committee has demanded information from Mattel Inc, Target Corp and 17 other companies that recalled lead-tainted children's products made in China this year, the panel said on Thursday. The U.S. House subcommittee on commerce, trade and consumer protection will also hold a September 19 hearing on how to protect U.S. children from toys, jewelry and other imported products with lead paint.

Pa. Governor Signs Law To Expand Alternative Energy Use, Solar Industries
August 23, 2007 08:11 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

ERIE, Pa. - The Governor of Pennsylvania signed a bill today to grow the alternative energy industry in that state. He did it while visiting an Erie County middle school that is adding a 30-kilowatt photovoltaic system as part of its renovation. The solar panels were funded with a $250,000 grant through the state's Energy Harvest program.

Earth Conservancy Receives Pa. Governor's Environmental Award
August 23, 2007 08:05 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

HANOVER TOWNSHIP, Pa. - They transformed a Pennsylvania waste dump into a beautiful green space. And today, the environmentalist group Earth Conservancy was honored with recognition from the state's top environmental official.

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.

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