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"Waste Management on Wednesday began dumping oil-coated materials from Mississippi coast beaches into the Pecan Grove landfill, which it is permitted to do, but which is an activity local officials are against."
"American troops going home from Iraq after seven painful years are leaving behind a legacy that is literally toxic."
"Dutch prosecutors accused Trafigura AG of putting profits ahead of safety at the start of the company's criminal trial Tuesday, saying the oil trader hid hazardous waste in a ship that docked in Amsterdam in 2006 and then exported it illegally."
"Identifying and implementing a worldwide strategy to combat the illegal traffic in electronic waste was the focus of an INTERPOL Global E-Waste Crime Group meeting which concluded today."
"A local agency that's completed hundreds of lead paint remediation projects across San Diego has halted two jobs and launched an internal inquiry as it acknowledges that it may have improperly dumped lead waste for the last decade."
"Electronic waste is the fastest growing category of trash in the U.S. and yet unlike paper and plastic recycling, there are no government-issued labels to tell you where your recycled e-waste goes. Industry leaders and environmental groups are trying to change that with new e-waste recycling certifications. Here's what you need to know about the new labels."
"Ontario’s high-profile electronic waste disposal program is failing to recycle millions of computers and televisions it promised to keep out of landfill."
"Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has agreed to pay $27.6 million to settle allegations that it improperly handled and dumped hazardous waste at stores across California in a case that led to changes in the retailer's practices nationwide, prosecutors said Monday."
"Meet Terry Carter, an affable man in grease-stained blue work clothes: Terry Carter, struggling businessman, recycler, host of last resort for your broken-down Subaru, your over-the-hill refrigerator, that old RV you can’t sell. Or is he Terry Carter, unlicensed junkyard operator, scofflaw, headache for town government and threat to the environment?"
"The Basel Action Network, an American watchdog group that has sought to curb the export of toxic electronic waste from the United States, plans to begin a new certification and auditing program on Thursday for both recyclers and companies that generate electronic refuse."
"A hazardous-waste landfill that Kettleman City residents blame for a rash of birth defects has improperly stored PCBs -- a cancer-causing chemical that can cause reproductive problems, federal inspectors say."
"A new mountain of ash and other waste from coal burning would rise next to the Ohio River as part of an LG&E plan to replace a nearly 30-year-old dump that's almost full."
"Farmers raising the cattle and horses -- and those applying to be designated official certified organic vegetable growers -- are organizing to oppose plans by the city of Seaside [OR] to spray biosolids on a local farmer's property."
"With just five words quietly slipped into legislation, Illinois lawmakers are moving to include tire burning in the state's definition of renewable energy, a change that would benefit a south suburban incinerator with a long history of pollution problems."