Air-quality deadlines may be extended

New Zealand Herald, 11 June 2009 The Government may extend its deadline to meet air quality guidelines because cities and towns are cutting pollution too slowly. Environment Minister Nick Smith has announced a review of rules requiring cities to clean up the air by 2013 because, he said, 10 cities and towns including Auckland and…

Toxic dumping probe after playground scare

New Zealand Herald, 10 June 2009 Environment Minister Nick Smith is promising another look into where toxic chemicals might have been dumped around New Plymouth. The spectre of chemical contamination from the former Ivon Watkins-Dow chemical factory has again been raised when at least nine drums containing chemicals were found at Marfell Park, near a…

Aussies offer answer to toxic old TVs

New Zealand Herald, 01 June 2009 Australia’s first television glass recycling plant is calling for Kiwis’ old tellies, as environmental organisations on both sides of the Tasman try to stem the flow of toxic TVs to rubbish dumps. Increasing numbers of people are dumping lead-containing cathode-ray tube televisions as they buy new flat-screen and digital…