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Beware of toxic huts for ‘Pabasa’

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USING an x-ray fluorescence device, a member of EcoWaste Coalition tests a “kubol” in a Makati City neighborhood for lead. Nine of the 17 “Pabasa” huts registered above normal levels of the toxic chemical. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ EcoWaste Coalition

Makati residents be warned: Participating in the traditional “Pabasa” this Holy Week may be good for your soul but not for your health.

Posted: March 26th, 2013 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Subic contractor violated PH laws, say probers

An independent investigation initiated by the Subic Bay Freeport Chamber of Commerce has concluded that a US Navy contractor violated Philippine laws when it dumped waste from an American ship outside Subic waters in October.

Posted: December 6th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

3 BP employees arraigned on Gulf oil spill charges

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In this April 21, 2010 file image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. The Obama administration put a temporary stop to new federal contracts with British oil company BP on Wednesday, citing the company's "lack of business integrity" and criminal proceedings stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010. AP/US Coast Guard

Two BP rig supervisors and a former BP executive pleaded not guilty Wednesday to criminal charges stemming from the deadly Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and the company’s response to the massive 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Posted: November 29th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Subic firm suspended

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The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) has suspended the operations of a US Navy contractor that is undergoing investigation for dumping hazardous waste into Philippine waters.

Posted: November 24th, 2012 in Banner Story,Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

House urged to probe toxic waste dumping in Subic

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House of Representatives. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Partylist lawmakers are calling on the committees on natural resources and ecology at the House of Representatives to look into the alleged dumping of toxic waste done by a US Navy contractor within Philippine waters.

Posted: November 13th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

City sues firm over toxic chemicals

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The city government of Dasmariñas in Cavite sued a waste treatment company for the illegal disposal of more than 200 drums of hazardous chemicals in vacant lots in the city. Solchem Philippines Inc., a wastewater treatment facility based in Las Piñas City, was accused of violating the Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes in the complaint [...]

Posted: July 23rd, 2011 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

In Bulacan, pollution whistleblowers rewarded with jobs

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The provincial government has rewarded with jobs and cash awards three plant workers who leaked video footage which confirmed that a chemical waste treatment facility here had been polluting local waterways.

Posted: July 22nd, 2011 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

More drums of toxic wastes found in Cavite

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The Cavite provincial government on Monday is contacting private waste treatment facilities that could treat and dispose of the toxic substance contained in more than 200 metal drums, which authorities found in Dasmariñas City over the weekend.

Posted: July 18th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

NPA owns up attack on mining

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BACOLOD CITY—The New People’s Army (NPA) on Sunday claimed responsibility for last week’s raid on a mining compound owned by Philex Gold Mining Corp. in Barangay Nabulao, Sipalay City. In a statement, Andrea Guerrero, spokesperson of the NPA’s Armando Sumayang Command, accused Philex of dumping toxic wastes in Mantuboy Creek and Bacuyangan and Sipalay Rivers. [...]

Posted: July 14th, 2011 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Stop dumping of used gadgets, gov’t urged

Amid the deluge of imported used electronic goods and junk in the local market, environment groups are renewing calls for the ratification of the Basel Ban Amendment, a treaty which prohibits toxic waste exports to developing countries.

Posted: June 11th, 2011 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

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