Day: 15 January 1999
Cambodia: WHO says no mercury threat from hazwaste dump
A World Health Organisation official has declared that there is 'no immediate danger' of mercury poisoning from a dumped consignment of hazardous waste, imported from Taiwan, although the mercury content is 20,000 times higher than safety standards.
Japan: Endocrine Disrupters – now on the political agenda
The Environment Agency in Japan held its first major international conference on the endocrine disrupter issue Dec 11-13th, in Kyoto. On the first two days of the three-day event, scientists from around the world gathered to discuss their results and opinions on what action needs to be taken on the endocrine disrupter issue. Report by Asia Environmental Review (ASER).
US firms oppose EU packaging waste Directive revision
Any revision of the European Directive on packaging and packaging waste would be premature, and the Directive ought to be left as it is for its second five-year phase, says the American Chamber of Commerce in Brussels (ACCB) in a recently published position paper.
Spanish National Park opposes re-opening of mine
The management board of Europe's largest nature reserve has officially opposed the re-opening of the Los Frailes zinc mine that caused a major ecological disaster by spilling contaminated wastes into the Agrio and Guadiamar rivers, which feed one of the major water sources to the Doñana National Park, last April.
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