Pollution

Mattel Sued To Require Lead Testing For All Children Exposed To Recalled Chinese-Made Toys
August 20, 2007 04:19 PM - PR Newswire

The attorney whose lawsuit prompted a recall of defective Chinese tires is filing a class action today to compel Mattel to pay for the testing of children who might have been lead-poisoned by 1.5 million toxic toys. effrey Killino, of the Philadelphia firm of Woloshin & Killino, is filing a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior court in the central district of California to force Mattel to set up a fund that concerned parents could access to have their children tested for lead poisoning.

Indonesian, Japanese Companies Agree To Major Geothermal Project
August 20, 2007 01:44 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

JAKARTA, Indonesia - At a total of over 300 megawatts power output, the Sarulla Geothermal Project located in Tapanuli Utara, North Sumatra will be the largest single-contract geothermal project to date in the geothermal industry. It's due to start putting out power in approximately 30 months. Indonesian business leaders call it a reflection of the large scale, high productivity and potential of Indonesian geothermal resources.

Africa Wages War on Scourge of Plastic Bags
August 20, 2007 11:22 AM - Reuters

They've become as much a symbol of Africa's landscape as the stereotypical lions and plains. Discarded plastic bags -- in the billions -- flutter from thorn-bushes across the continent, and clog up cities from Cape Town to Casablanca.

Dow Corning Turns On The Power of Sunshine, In Europe
August 20, 2007 09:57 AM - PR Newswire

Dow Corning has turned to renewable forms of energy to help power one of its largest manufacturing sites in Europe. More than 1,000 square meters of solar panels, installed on the roof and facades of office and production buildings, are expected to generate the amount of energy needed to satisfy the annual electricity needs of 35 households.

China's Isolation of Taiwan Hurts Environment Work
August 20, 2007 09:10 AM - Paul Eckert, Reuters

Taiwan has concerns about airborne mercury and arsenic pollution to raise with China and a great deal of clean-up expertise to offer the polluted mainland, but Beijing's refusal to deal with the island stymies cooperation, Taiwan's environment minister said Friday.

South Korea's Lee: Construction Boss Gone Green
August 20, 2007 09:08 AM - Jon Herskovitz, Reuters

The man now set to run for South Korea's main conservative party in presidential elections this December first made a name for himself as a construction boss whose concrete turned the capital into a grey mass.

Cars Stay Away but Beijing Smog Remains
August 20, 2007 09:04 AM - Nick Mulvenney, Reuters

To see if the city's poor air quality could be improved at least temporarily during next August's Games, the Chinese capital has taken up to 1.3 million cars off the roads by banning number plates ending in odd and even numbers on alternate days.

50 Dirtiest U.S. Power Plants
August 18, 2007 05:57 PM - The Environmental Integrity Project

Dirty Kilowatts - States With Most Problem Facilities for CO2 Emissions Are AL, FL, GA, IN, KY, NC, NM, OH, PA, TX, WV, and WY.

DDT And Breast Cancer - Teen Exposure Raises Adult Risk
August 18, 2007 05:36 PM - Pete Myers, Ph.D., Environmental Health News

Women exposed to relatively high levels of DDT prior to mid-adolescence are 5 times more likely to develop breast cancer later in life than women with lower exposures. But exposure after adolescence does not increase risk.

Pa. Wastewater Treatment Plant Malfunction Spills Sewage Into Schuylkill River
August 18, 2007 02:42 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

An equipment failure at a Pennsylvania sewage treatment has spilled untreated sewage into a local river. The accident happened at the Oaks Sewage Treatment Plant in Upper Providence Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The malfunction resulted in the release of an unknown quantity of partially-treated wastewater into the Schuylkill River, said Environmental Protection Regional Director Joseph A. Feola. Residents are being warned to avoid recreational activities in the water.

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