Court in China issues record pollution fine

Date of Release: 
Dec 30 2014

The Xinhua news agency said the fine was the highest ever in China as a result of public interest litigation against polluters.

The companies were found guilty in August of discharging 25,000 tonnes of chemical waste into two Taizhou rivers.

China's rapid economic growth has caused widespread environmental damage.

The country is facing international pressure to clean up its environment and an increasing number of local protests concerning pollution.

The government says that around 70% of China's lakes and rivers are polluted.


Paper firm fined for dumping toxic waste

Date of Release: 
Oct 16 2014

The People's Committee of the southern province of Tay Ninh is fining a paper production company over VND235 million (US$11,100) for discharging untreated waste into the environment.

The Anh Sang paper company, located in Go Dau District, released 20cu.m of untreated waste each day into the Vam Co Dong river.

Test results from samples of the released waste water revealed that the chemical oxygen demand (COD) in the river was 14.6 times more than permitted levels. Additionally, the biochemical oxygen demand (BOD5) during the five-day test was 5.98 times higher than permitted levels


Haze Fines Win Indonesia’s Support With Caveats: Southeast Asia

Date of Release: 
Jul 30 2014

The incoming president of Indonesia, a holdout in Southeast Asia’s pact to fight haze, is backing Singapore’s plan to wield heftier fines against overseas polluters as long as sovereignty is respected.

A year after the city-state endured its worst-ever air quality, Singapore presented a bill to Parliament this month that subjects foreign companies to as much as S$2 million ($1.6 million) in fines for illegal emissions, up from S$300,000 before. Indonesia and Singapore have a long-standing dispute over the haze that blows in from land-clearing fires in Sumatra.


Bt21 billion to be sought for Klong Dan

Date of Release: 
May 17 2014

Some 14 politicians and civil servants - former and current - will be required to pay more than Bt21 billion in total compensation to the state over losses caused by the Klong Dan wastewater treatment plant, according to a Finance Ministry plan.

The former politicians include Vatana Asavahame, a former deputy interior minister, and the late former minister of science, technology and environment Yingpan Manasikarn.

Vatana is now on the run.


Higher anti-pollution fees result in win-win situation in Beijing

Date of Release: 
May 7 2014

The higher fees and penalties now being collected from Beijing companies not complying with the city's anti-pollution regulations have raised an additional 88 million yuan US$14 million for the city, according to its environmental monitoring bureau.

The amount so far collected is many times more than the bureau's collection of merely 8.34 million yuan for the same period last year.


Singapore malls, hotels told to report waste data

Date of Release: 
Apr 29 2014

About 250 shopping malls and hotels will need to report waste and recycling data to the National Environment Agency (NEA) from next year.

They must state the weight of waste discarded and that channelled for reuse and recycling, broken down by type, such as paper, metals and food. Their reports must reach the agency by the first quarter of next year.

Companies must also submit waste reduction plans.


Toxic Waste Violations Lead to $5.15 Billion Settlement - Largest in U.S. History

Date of Release: 
Apr 8 2014

The Kerr-McGee Corporation and certain of its affiliates and its parent company Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, has agreed to pay an eye watering $5.15 billion for environmental contamination by a variety of hazardous wastes and a number of sites it formerly operated.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) explained that the United States has now entered into a settlement agreement with Anadarko Petroleum, in a fraudulent conveyance case brought by the United States and co-plaintiff Anadarko Litigation Trust in the bankruptcy of Tronox Inc. and its subsidiaries.


Thai landfill tenant faces legal actions

Date of Release: 
Mar 18 2014

The minister who made an inspection trip to the landfill said that garbage from the communities and industrial wastes had been dumped in the landfill illegally although licence for garbage dumping had already been revoked after protests from people in nearby communities against the landfill.

Samples of industrial wastes collected from the site have been sent to a laboratory for tests to find out if any of them are toxic.

The tenant of the landfill will face a maximum imprisonment of two years and/or a fine of 200,000 baht if toxic wastes were dumped into the landfill.


VNA rumbles polluting paper firm

Date of Release: 
Nov 11 2013

A paper production company in the northern mountainous province of Bac Kan has continued to discharge untreated waste water into the Cau River despite having been fined in late August, causing concerns for local residents.

Under observation of a Vietnam News Agency correspondent on Thursday, Bac Kan Forestry Products Joint Stock Company continues to discharge black-coloured waste water directly into the Cau River in Duc Xuan Commune, Bac Kan Township.

The frothy water had a terrible odour and is polluting a large section of the river.


Celebrate, but adhere to rules: Police

Date of Release: 
Nov 1 2013

Booming sounds of firecrackers started echoing in the city from Thursday evening as the city residents started Diwali celebrations with full gusto. The district administration and Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) have issued advisory to the residents warning strict action against those bursting high decibel crackers in silent zones like adjacent to hospitals and medical care facilities. The violators will be taken into custody and be fined up to RS 1000.

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