Philippines: Open coal yard in Naga not part of ECC

An open coal yard in the premises of the Korean Electric Power Corp.-Salcon Power Corp. (Kepco-SPC) in Naga was the source of the coal dust pollution that bothered several households.

Only a closed, tight storage for coal deliveries was approved in the company’s Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC), said Engr. William Cuñado, environmental impact assessment management division chief of the Environmental Management Bureau in Central Visyas.

Last Tuesday, EMB-7 staff inspected the company’s coal yard . Results have yet to be released.

Pakistan: Under-construction flyover in conflict with mass transit plan

Sources said the KMC had not obtained a no-objection certificate from the KMTC for its flyovers which according to KMC administrator’s directives must have been obtained before initiating work on the flyovers.

Work on the flyovers is under way.

While KMTC chief Rasheed Mughal said it was an ‘in-house issue’ and would be sorted out within the KMC, he confirmed to Dawn that neither the NOC had been applied for nor the KMTC issued one. He also agreed that the Dakkhana flyover was being built at a location where one of the mass transit corridors had been planned.

Lawyer slams government impact report on offshore incinerator

It was unreasonable for the Environmental Protection Department director to approve an impact-assessment report made by his own department on the proposed building of a massive offshore waste incinerator, a court heard yesterday.

Barrister Hector Pun Hei made the criticism on behalf of a Cheung Chau resident, who brought a judicial review against the HK$23 billion project on Shek Kwu Chau, an island south of Lantau.

Residents reject high speed railway’s 3rd impact study

People living near the planned Beijing-Shenyang High Speed Rail Line are still saying no to the project following the release of a third environmental impact assessment Monday that declares the passing trains will not pose a health hazard nor disturb residents, some of whom live just meters from the track.

More than 50 resident representatives from 10 neighborhoods along the planned track held a meeting Tuesday evening in Beijing. They believe the noise and electromagnetic radiation from the high speed trains could be detrimental to their health, according to the Beijing Times.

Burmese Environmentalists Slam Proposed Economic Zone

Myanmar (also known as Burma) is basking in the glory of Barack Obama's visit this week — the first by a sitting American president to a nation that had until recently had been considered a repressive pariah state.

Burma, a resource-rich nation in Southeast Asia, has captured the world's attention in recent months as its military-backed government rolls out unprecedented political and economic reforms.

India grants environmental clearance for 11 more sand quarries

The State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) has granted environment clearance for 11 more sand quarries in the Cauvery-Coleroon river basin.

A few days ago, the SEIAA had granted clearance for 10 new sand quarries in Tiruchi, Karur, Ariyalur, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur and Namakkal districts.

In the second batch of clearance, 11 quarries have been approved, sources told The Hindu on Friday.

Malaysia: Environment NGO takes Tawau council to court

The Sabah Environmental Protection Association (Sepa) is seeking to legally stop the constuction and operation of the Kubota power plant in Tawau which it claims is a health hazard.

Sepa president Wong Tack, who filed the application at the High Court here for a judicial review, named the Tawau Municipal Council president, federal Environment Department director, Land and Survey Department director and Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) as its first, second, third and fourth respondents respectively.

Fiji: Bay of uncertainty

LILY Todd remembers when the Suva Harbor was in its majestic form, untouched, unspoilt before damaged ships permanently anchored themselves, before the chemicals and rubbish from factories polluted the waters, before any of the mangroves were cut down for development.

At 76-years old, Lily is the oldest resident at Uduya Point having lived there since 1948. She remembers how beautiful the Suva Harbor looked at dusk during sunset and how the sun seemed to glisten on the water at sunset.

Australia: Coal seam gas seen as just another land use in a big country

In 2011, the Australian Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (ACEDD) asked Dr John Williams, former Chief of CSIRO Land and Water Division, to review the science on coal seam gas. John’s report, now released, is probably the most independent, disinterested nationwide analysis yet undertaken of unconventional gas in Australia. This report is entirely uncompromised by either industry or activist-group funding.