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10,000 join protest against refuse incinerator in Guangzhou, China
by Mimi Lau in GuangzhouSouth China Morning Post
July 16th, 2013
Demonstrators march to township government offices to voice concern that plan will worsen pollution in leather-goods manufacturing centre
A World without Landfills? It’s Closer than You Think
by Jen
Two recipients of this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize are working to abolish the practice of sending trash to landfills and incinerators. And the idea is catching on.
Italy waste campaigner wins 2013 Goldman Prize
by Mark KinverBBC
April 15th, 2013
An environmental campaigner, considered to be the driving force behind Italy's zero-waste movement, is one of the winners of the 2013 Goldman Prize.
The dirty truth about China's incinerators
by Elizabeth Balkanthe guardian
July 4th, 2012
The boom in polluting waste-to-energy plants in China has led to a backlash from residents, including one man's long-running legal crusade.
Waste 'burns' health, crops of villagers; Study reveals incineration of waste has led to stomach problems, skin diseases
by DNA CorrespondentWaste Management World
The incineration of chemical waste in Ramky Enviro Engineering's Pithampur-based plant is leading to severe health problems among villagers living in the vicinity.
Bulacan Plant Told To Stop Operations
by ELLSON A. QUISMORIOManila Bulletin
March 5th, 2012
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) Region III office said it is issuing a cease and desist order (CDO) against a tire pyrolysis plant in Tabang, Guiguinto, Bulacan, that has been pointed to as the source of air pollution there for a month now.
With Industry Objecting, EPA Sets Dioxin Exposure Limits for Acute Effects
ENews Park Forest
February 27th, 2012
Environmentalists said EPA's estimated average exposure, currently at 0.5–3 picograms per kilogram per day, puts a portion of the population above the EPA danger threshold.
Pratt Recycle Center helps keep household hazardous waste out of the Pratt County Landfill
by Gale RoseThe Pratt Tribune
February 22nd, 2012
Recycling household hazardous waste at the Pratt Recycle Center keeps dangerous polluting material out of the Pratt County Landfill. It requires special handling before it is moved from Pratt to disposal sites.
EPA Publishes Long Awaited Dioxin Study
Waste Management World
February 21st, 2012
According to the report dioxins and DLCs are widely distributed throughout the environment and typically occur as chemical mixtures. They do not readily degrade. Therefore levels persist in the environment, build up in the food chain, and accumulate in the tissues of animals.
Row heating up over new power plant scheme
The St Helens Reporter
February 13th, 2012
A St Helens grandfather is concerned that plans to turn a warehouse into a waste-burning power plant could lead to toxic emissions being spewed out across town.
Environmental Health Leaders Blast EPA for Failing to Release Dioxin Health Report
Center for Health, Environment & Justice
February 1st, 2012
Once Again American Public Denied Right to Know and Ability to Protect Families from Unnecessary Exposure. Advocates Urge EPA to Immediately Release Dioxin Health Report, Decry 27 Years of Delays Due to Chemical Industry Interference.
Ash pile raises concerns - DA’s Office links it to Oroville cogeneration plant
by Tom
A huge pile of fly ash recently discovered off Hicks Lane in north Chico has raised environmental concerns with the Butte County District Attorney's Office. The pile, which is larger in length and width than a football field and about 20 feet tall, sits on property owned by MGM Trucking and has been traced to the Pacific Oroville Power Inc. cogeneration plant in Oroville.
Analyst: Waste-to-energy 'not clean'
A study released Thursday by an environmental group reported that waste-to-energy trash incinerators release lead and mercury at a greater rate than some coal-fired plants.
Organic pollutants may increase fetus' risk for neural tube defects (PR)
Food Consumer
July 19th, 2011
Researchers find that byproducts of incineration are associated with an increased fetal risk of neural tube defects.
A Former Mining Community Fights for Environmental Justice (video)
by Sami GroverTree Hugger
July 19th, 2011
In Merthyr, in Wales, the residents have watched as traditional coal mining and manufacturing jobs have left the area. Now, say campaigners, this situation is likely to get even worse as a planned mega-incinerator—supposedly the largest in the UK, and classified as a power station due to its size—is being pushed through the planning process in an attempt to promote "green" energy.
India’s most secret incinerator is here
July 18th, 2011
The Madhya Pradesh high court has ordered that the drdo dispose off toxic waste from union carbide’s bhopal plant. Why the secrecy?
Inquiry is ordered into incinerators and health hazards they may pose
by Mark MetcalfTribune Magazine
June 8th, 2011
A team from Imperial College, London, has been commissioned to carry out the inquiry by the Health Protection Agency after fears were raised about the health risks of incinerators, particularly for young children.
Burlington to Receive Funds from State Settlement with Wheelabrator
by Richard HosfordBurlingtonPatch
June 8th, 2011
According to the office of Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, Burlington to receive $47,890 of $7.5 million settlement.
City group seeks ban on trash-to-energy plants
by George W. RhodesThe Sun Chronicle
June 7th, 2011
After running a trash-to-energy gasification plant out of town, an environmental group wants to enact a permanent ban on similar operations.
ENDS Europe Daily: Brussels to propose limits for POPs in waste
WEEE Forum
May 24th, 2011
The European Commission is to propose limits for three types of persistent organic pollutant (POP) in waste under the POPs regulation this autumn. The limits for PBDEs, PFOS and PeCB will be based on a study published on Monday.
Matthews med-waste incinerator shut down
by Bruce
May 16th, 2011
A controversial medical waste incinerator in Matthews has shut down, apparently as its owner seeks a buyer.
“India Should Bury Asbestos, Not People”
March 24th, 2011
New Delhi Declaration Seeking Elimination of all forms of asbestos including chrysotile from India was adopted and endorsed by eminent scientists and doctors on 24th March, 2011 at a Round Table which happened immediately towards the conclusion of International Conference on Emerging Trends in Preventing Occupational Respiratory Diseases and Cancers in Workplace.
Gov. Quinn vetoes coal-to-gas bills
by Julie WernauChicago Breaking Business
In vetoing two bills Monday that would have paved the way for two coal-to-gas plants to be built in the state, Gov. Pat Quinn signaled his support for cleaner uses of Illinois coal but said he would not support the technology at the expense of consumers.
Pollution fear cancels Beijing power plant plan
people's daily
A plan to build a waste incineration power plant in a Beijing suburb was dropped as residents stepped up a campaign against it over pollution concerns.
CA Biomass Plants Fined for Air Violations
by Robert CroweRenewable
February 17th, 2011
EPA action comes as industry awaits MACT boiler ruling.
Cement Manufacturer To Pay $1.4 M For Clean Air Act Violations
Pollution Online
February 13th, 2011
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Justice Department announced today 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.
Agency investigation escalates as Crymlyn Burrows site breaches permit again
Environment Agency
Environment Agency Wales has escalated investigations into recent permit breaches at the Material Recovery and Energy Centre (MREC), Crymlyn Burrows.
Dioxin Scare Halts German Egg Sales
by News DeskFood Safety News
January 5th, 2011
About 8,000 laying hens that ate the contaminated feed have been destroyed, and as many as 120,000 eggs recalled, most of which were sold before Dec. 23, although on Tuesday there were concerns that dioxin-tainted eggs could still be on store shelves.
AG investigating waste incinerator
by Jenna RussellThe Boston Globe
January 4th, 2011
Attorney General Martha Coakley is investigating Wheelabrator Saugus, the waste incinerator responsible for burning trash from 15 North Shore cities and towns, for alleged environmental violations including the discharge of hazardous chemicals into the air and water, according to several people who said they were interviewed by state officials.
TEDx: Plastic Is the New Smoking
by Jennifer SchwabThe Huffington Post
November 16th, 2010
Think of the Gulf oil spill only a couple thousand miles longer. A loosely formed mass of plastic paraphernalia stretches from the beaches of Santa Monica, all the way across the Pacific Ocean, the other end of this unwieldy but deadly man made monster reaching the eastern Chinese coast. Thus the subject of a one-day conference at the Annenberg House entitled "The TED Great Pacific Garbage Patch" put on by the folks at the Plastic Pollution Coalition.
DISPATCH FROM CHINA: China's Garbage Incinerators Raise Stink
by Yanmei
January 11th, 2010
Planned suburban energy plant leads to protests.
Eco-groups warn vs. burning of mercury-added goods
by Ellalyn B. De VeraManila Bulletin, 6 February 2009
An international environmental groups’ study warned over the burning of mercury-added products that lead to increased mercury pollution into the earth atmosphere.
Phase out goods with mercury
by Ira Karen ApanayThe Manila Times
Excessive burning of mercury-added products doubles mercury emissions to the atmosphere every year, international non-government organizations (NGOs) warned on Thursday.
South Australia Bans the Bag - Plastic Checkout Bags,That Is
by by Warren McLaren,
As of 1 January 2009, South Australian retailers and shoppers have four months to become accustomed to life without lightweight checkout style plastic bags. The government in that state will as of 4 May 2009 impose fines of up to $5,000 AUD on retailers using that form of bag. Even 100% degradable plastic bags will be banned, as they just break down into smaller plastic shards of plastic anyhow.
Scientists link chemical used in plastics to health problems - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Plastics - Google News
September 18th, 2008
USA TodayScientists link chemical used in plastics to health problemsMinneapolis Star Tribune, MN - 23 hours agoWASHINGTON - The first large study in humans of a chemical widely used in everyday plastics has found that people with higher levels of bisphenol A had ...New Dangers Found in BPA Plastics: Add Death from Heart Disease to ... RiverwiredPlastics chemical Bisphenol A is common, controversial AsiaOneScientists, FDA face off over safety of BPA in consumer plastics USA TodayTIME - ICM Commercial & Business Newsall 233 news articles
EPA Bans 25 Dangerous Agro-Chemicals
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has banned the importation of 25 agro-chemicals because of their toxicological risks to people, animals, crops and the environment.
GHANA: Dumping ground for used gadgets
In the heart of Accra - in an area called `Abgogbloshie’ - lies one of the most toxic and polluted sites in Ghana. This is where all the discarded electrical gadgets are dumped.
UGANDA: Lake Victoria degradation threatening livelihoods
Lake Victoria is threatened by pollution. Across the three East African nations, the lake had become a reservoir for excessive untreated effluents, including sewage, industrial waste and other chemicals.
Waste not, Want not – Who wants our waste?
by Thaisa AlvarezArabian
Heavy metals, unburned toxic chemicals, new pollutants such as dioxins and furans, fugitive emissions, incinerator ash – a motley crew that causes controversy when waste to energy and incinerators are brought to the table.

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