India's Ministry of Environment and Forests has today notified the Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011 to replace the earlier Recycled Plastics Manufacture and Usage Rules, 1999 (amended in 2003). These Rules have been brought out following detailed discussions and consultations with a wide spectrum of stakeholders including civil society, industry bodies, relevant Central Government Ministries and State Governments.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Justice Department announced that Cemex, Inc., one of the largest producers of Portland cement in the United States, has agreed to pay a $1.4 million penalty for Clean Air Act violations at its cement plant in Fairborn, Ohio. In addition to the penalty, Cemex will spend an estimated $2 million on pollution controls that will reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulfur dioxide (SO2).
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The federal Clean Air Act requires facilities that have on site more than specified quantities of chemicals which could be hazardous to offsite communities to develop Risk Management Plans (RMP) to address ways to safely acquire, store, and use these substances in ways that assure that they are safely used, that employees are appropriately trained, and that first responders and nearby residents are informed of the presence of potentially hazardous chemicals which, if released to the environment, could require evacuation or sheltering in place for off-site residents.
The USEPA recently announced its annual enforcement and compliance results. In its 2010 fiscal year, the USEPA took enforcement and compliance actions that require companies to pay more than $110,000,000 in civil penalties. The USEPA also received commitments in these enforcement and compliance actions that would require these companies to spend an estimated $12,000,000,000 on pollution controls, cleanup, and environmental projects that benefit local communities.
An Ecuadorean court has ruled that US oil giant Chevron should pay at least US$8.6 billion to Amazonian communities to help combat environmental damages caused by oil drilling. Both sides say they plan to appeal the court's decision in coming week.
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