Court in China issues record pollution fine

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.

Pollution case: NGT issues warrants against 6 Mandideep industrialists

National Green Tribunal (NGT) central zone bench on Friday issued warrants against six industrialists of Mandideep Industrial Area (MIA) for failure to appear before the tribunal. Industries owned by the six have been accused of pollution and the tribunal is hearing a case with regards to it.

On August 1, tribunal was informed that six industries - M/s Anand Industries, M/s Steel Innovation, M/s Integrated Infosys, Ms/ Shakti Televentures, M/s Tranwin Industries, M/s S S Bindra Flour Mill - were operating without valid consent despite notices.

Tay Ninh to suspend polluting firms

Tapioca and rubber manufacturers that polluted the environment in the southwestern province of Tay Ninh would be suspended from operations, said the local Department of Natural Resources and Environment director, Nguyen Dinh Xuan.

"There are 74 tapioca and 27 rubber manufacturers in Tay Ninh, but only 31 of them have installed A-level wastewater treatment systems," said Xuan.

The municipal People's Committee had ordered the remaining manufacturers to install the system by late June or face suspension, but they failed to meet the deadline.

Factories face waste check

All factories will be required to register with the Industrial Works Department within two months in a move by the Industry Ministry to track how factories manage their industrial waste.

Deputy director-general Seri Atipatta said, starting today, the department will send officials to check garbage management systems and compile a database.

"Our department is going to check all factories in Thailand within two months," Mr Seri told a seminar co-hosted yesterday by Chulalongkorn University's social research institute on the Praeksa model.

No pollution solution to Map Ta Phut

It has been a nice surprise to see the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) seeking to take an active role in solving the environmental problems surrounding the Map Ta Phut industrial estate in Rayong.

Under an NCPO order, the 76th in the NCPO order series since the military took power on May 22, a new committee was set up to oversee and streamline efforts to tackle environmental problems that have plagued the industrial area in this eastern region for years.

Pollution control board gives clean chit to 6 industries

The UP Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) on Wednesday submitted a report to the National Green Tribunal saying that only two of the eight industrial units allegedly polluting the Sahibabad drain required an analysis of their effluents.

The board had compiled the report following inspections of all eight industrial units, the names of which were submitted to the tribunal by petitioner Hazi Arif in a case related to environmental pollution in Ghaziabad.

Beijing launches new air pollution campaign

Beijing launched a five-month campaign on Thursday in its fight against air pollution and lingering smog, according to the municipal government.

The campaign will focus on emissions from industrial chimneys, casting factories, printing houses and plants of waterproof coiled materials (used for construction), chemicals, furniture, medicine, industrial coating materials and automobiles, said vice mayor Zhang Gong.

Polluting factories to face legal action

Legal action will be taken against all the industrial units that are responsible for polluting the Karnaphuli river, the lifeline of Chittagong city and the country's premier port, Chairman of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) Rear Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed said yesterday.

The responsible industrial units will be identified through spot visits, he declared while addressing the first meeting of a high-powered committee which the shipping ministry has formed with Ahmed as convener to check the river pollution.

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.

The Environment And Safety

In D.I. Khan, ten people lost their lives after falling into a chemical drain yesterday. This chemical drain carried waste from the Chashma Sugar Mills and ends in the Indus River. Two things must be considered when addressing this incident: safety and accountability, for human life and the environment.