China arrests 186 for environmental pollution in 2013

China arrested 186 people on charges of environmental pollution in 2013 in a total of 109 cases, environment minister Zhou Shengxian announced on Thursday.

He did not reveal how many were convicted.

Environmental authorities shut down more than 3,500 companies and workshops in a nationwide campaign last year, uncovering 6,499 cases involving environmental problems, he said.

A total of 706 cases related to environmental rule violations were transferred to police last year, more than the total of the previous 10 years combined, according to Zhou.

HCM City to close part of multi-million dollar waste treatment plant

The installation of waste treatment facilities for landfill No. 3 of Phuoc Hiep complex is nearly completed and the landfill has been operating for eight months, but the HCM City government still wants to close it to prevent pollution after local residents lodged many complaints about the landfill.

Locals said that after rains, the awful smell from the landfill covers an area within a radius of 2-3km. Not only air, the water resources also are seriously polluted, and all local canals have turned black.

Factories raided for illegally discharging waste

Raids were conducted yesterday on two Samut Sakhon factories, which were found to have illegally discharged untreated contaminated industrial waste in the Tha Chin River.

The first factory, which sorts and cleans industrial waste, is located in Muang district. It was found to have dumped liquid detergent into the river, according to Department of Special Investigation agents who conducted the raids jointly with Industry Ministry officials.

Abbott government strips environmental legal centres of federal funding

Australia's environmental legal centres have lost their federal funding in a move that could see the closure of some of the nine offices around the country.

The federal government has immediately cut an estimated $10 million boost over four years quietly given to Environmental Defender's Offices in the dying days of the former Labor government.

The government is also planning to end a long-standing annual payment – which for all but one office was around $90,000 – from July 1, meaning the legal centres will no longer receive any federal funding from mid-next year.