Day: 11 June 1999
Swiss end nuclear reprocessing, as Dutch police impound nuclear effluent “being returned” to Switzerland
The Swiss Government announced on Monday that it is to stop sending spent fuel rods from its nuclear power stations for reprocessing. On the same day, Dutch police seized a consignment of radioactive effluent which was "being returned" to Switzerland by Greenpeace.
Tanzanian utility accused of illegal installation of incinerators
A Malaysian-owned power generation utility, Independent Power Tanzania, has been accused of installing two petroleum waste-burning incinerators without the necessary catalytic exhaust filters at its plant in Tegeta, north of Dar es Salaam. The exhaust from such an installation can contain mercury, lead and other poisonous heavy metals in great quantities. Independent Power Tanzania is both the first national and regional independent power plant in Africa and has been contracted to produce power for sale to the state-owned Tanzania Electrical Supply Company (TANESCO). The company has built ten 100 MW capacity generators at Tegeta as part of its electricity supply project, eventually to be connected to the national grid.
Better conservation could solve water shortages in western US
Better conservation, water transfers from agriculture to urban areas, and groundwater storage, could prevent water shortages in the western US, according to US Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt. Babbitt says the natural needs of watersheds should be placed on a par with human needs and proposed setting baseline limits for stream flows to maintain watersheds in a healthy state.
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