196 tonnes of hazardous waste being sent back to Japan

CHON BURI - More than 190 tonnes of hazardous electronic and electrical waste will be sent back to Japan on Friday after being illegally imported through Laem Chabang port of this eastern province last year.

Industry deputy permanent secretary Sakda Pankla inspected the 196.11 tonnes of toxic waste on Thursday. He was accompanied by senior officials from the Department of Industrial Works, the Department of Pollution Control, the Customs Department, and Laem Chabang port and cargo terminal operators.

Lao e-waste plant raises pollution concerns

An industrial plant that mines cast-off electronics for their valuable metals appears to be pumping polluted waste water into the neighborhood surrounding Vientiane’s Special Economic Zone causing contamination levels to jump dramatically, local residents told RFA’s Lao Service.

The Hokeng Metal Processing Co. plant located in Nonthong village in Vientiane’s Saythany district reclaims copper, lead and other valuable minerals from computers, televisions, batteries and other castoff electronics, and then resells the metals to customers worldwide.

Gujarat gets greener as hazardous waste use in cement kilns up 35 times in 5 years

In an example of how Gujarat has emerged as a front runner in taking green measures to ensure cleaner environment, the State has achieved fresh heights in utilisation of hazardous waste as resource by the cement industry.

As per the latest data from the state regulator, the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB), utilisation of hazardous waste as alternative fuel and raw material (AFR) in cement kilns has witnessed mammoth jump of 35 times since 2009-10 from 15,693 tonnes per annum (TPA) to 5,43,569 TPA in 2013-14.

Tighter rules for electronic waste planned

THE INDUSTRIAL Works Department is planning to place household electrical and electronic devices under the Dangerous Materials Act.

The move is designed to tackle illegal scavenging of electronic waste, after reports from many areas of health and environmental threats from such activity.

Department chief Nattapol Nattasomboon said yesterday that many communities, especially in the Northeast, were improperly separating and disposing of electrical appliances and electronic gadgets.

Thailand's Industry ministry tightens its grip on factories

The movement came after news relating to improper disposal of industrial waste by factories surfaced and is increasingly harassing people living in their vicinities and also a threat to environment.

Under the tough measures to be implemented, factories are required to report the type and amount of waste created and name their waste disposal service provider, along with three main factory licencing procedures; the factory licence application, the issued licence and renewals of the licence.

Failure to conform to the rules faces factory closure or licence withdrawal.

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

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.

Thailand pushes for new law for proper disposal of electronic wastes

Industrial Works Department head Natthapol Natthasomboon said today (Wednesday) last year alone there were 20.88 million units of discarded electric and electronic devices. These included 9.14 million landline telephones, 2.43 million television sets, 3.3 million units of portable audio and video players, 1.99 million personal computers, 1.5 million fax machines, 710,000 airconditioners and 872,000 refrigerators.

INTERPOL launches Project Eden to target illegal waste

INTERPOL’s Project Eden, targeting the illegal trade and disposal of waste, has been officially launched during the INTERPOL Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Events in Kenya.

Through Project Eden, INTERPOL aims to raise the profile of this transnational crime which in addition to threatening the quality of the global environment and posing a significant risk to human health, also undermines international conventions, undercuts legitimate treatment facilities and causes economic harm due to the loss of recoverable raw materials.

Pesticide maker fined for dumping

Nicotex Thanh Thai Joint Stock Company, which was recently found dumping untreated hazardous chemicals in the central province of Thanh Hoa's Cam Van Commune, received a fine of over VND421 million (US$20,000).

The province People's Committee Vice Chairman Nguyen Duc Quyen said on Wednesday that the committee had decided to punish the pesticide manufacturer for violating environmental protection regulations, causing a bad smell and polluting the surrounding environment.

Thailand to collect fees to tackle illegal waste

The Industrial Works Department is planning to collect fees from waste treatment business operators to deal with illegal waste dumping.

Seri Atipatha, deputy department chief, said the fees to be collected from the waste treatment operators will be used to set up a fund to pay for the cost in handling and treating illegally-dumped hazardous waste.

A regulation is being drawn up to facilitate the formation of the fund, which has become necessary due to rises in the illegal practice, particularly in areas close to residential communities.