September 26, 2011

INECE Mourns Loss of Environmental Visionary Wangari Maathai

Filed under: Africa, INECE Secretariat — inece @ 7:48 am

Washington, DC, September 26, 2011 – Wangarai Maathai, climate luminary and Africa’s first female Nobel Peace Prize winner passed away on September 25th, 2011.

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She was 71 years old. Ms. Maathai was recognized by the Norwegian Nobel Committee for her “contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.”

INECE Director Durwood Zaelke stated, “The environment lost one of its most heroic defenders with the passing of Wangari Maathai. She inspired so many of us to protect our planet. Wangari gave us courage and she gave us hope and even humor. While her work and her memory will carry on, we will all be a bit lonelier and sadder without her infectious spirit and radiant smile that always made us want dance or sing while we worked to fought on.”
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September 17, 2011

Criminal Charges in Major US E-Waste Exporter Case

Filed under: Asia, Chemicals & Waste, North America, seaports — Tags: , , — inece @ 7:39 am

The owner and chief executive officer of an electronic waste recycling buisness in Colorado, USA,  have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of wire and mail fraud, environmental crimes in connection with the failure to file a notification to export hazardous waste, exportation contrary to law, and destruction, alteration, or falsification of records.

“The investigation confirmed that Executive Recycling repeatedly exported used cathode ray tubes to China. In addition, Executive Recycling also made false promises to its customers who believed that Executive Recycling was properly disposing of their electronic waste. Homeland Security Investigations stands ready to prevent any company from circumventing U.S. controls to export hazardous waste,” said David M. Marwell, special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in Denver, Colorado.

The indictment is the result of an ongoing 30 month investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Environmental Protection Agency Criminal Investigation Division.

Excerpted from the U.S. Department of Justice Press Release. For the full press release, see http://www.justice.gov/usao/co/press_releases/2011/September2011/9_16_11.html.

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