Day: 13 July 2001
EPA contaminated land clean-up programme to continue on full power for at least 10 years
The US’s toxic land clean-up programme will need between $14 billion and $16.4 billion between 2000 and 2009, and should not be ratcheted down as some sources had predicted, according to an independent study into how much money will be needed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to implement the Superfund programme.
Poor construction and management of dams can cause devastating toxic spills from mining waste
In order to cut down the risks of toxic disasters such as the Baia Mare accident in Romania, in which up to 100 tonnes of cyanide were spilt into the Danube, mining companies need to make improvements in the management, design and construction of tailings dams holding back mining waste, and governments need to improve regulation, says a new report.
Mexico acts on polluting industries and loss of biodiversity
Mexico has announced that it plans to force all industries to document their emissions and the transport of hazardous waste, and is attempting to improve public consciousness to protect the rapid loss of species in the world’s fifth most biologically diversified nation.
International climate change negotiators need not be intimidated by fears of violating international trade law
According to a new report from Germany, climate change policies are mostly compatible with international trade law and ratification of the Kyoto Protocol will close existing gaps or uncertainties between trade and climate issues, but governments need to be aware of international trade laws when designing climate change programmes.
European Commission to create forum for transport and energy industries
The European Commission announced on 12 July that it is creating a forum for the transport and energy industries in order to discuss competitiveness and restructuring of the industries in view of environmental, social and safety concerns.
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