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Hanoi plans clean-up rivers

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 at 11:17 am

Hanoi plans to clean up the toxic waste in the Kim Nguu and To Lich rivers. The project aims to finish before August 20 to mark the Grand Celebration of the 1,000th anniversary of the founding of Thang Long – Hanoi this October.

                       To Lich river

The city’s government will upgrade roads; build pavements, parks, and lighting and drainage systems along the rivers, as well as plan parking lots and advertising billboards.

The project will help enhance the environment and drainage and reduce traffic jams in the city.

The city’s government will delegate the duty of keeping each section of river clean to local authorities of districts, who will also be responsible for preventing construction projected from being damaged.



Source: SGGP

Waste clean-up to cost 3 million USD

In Uncategorized on July 27, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Waste clean-up to cost 3 million USD

QĐND – Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

Ho Chi Minh City will spend 60 billion VND (3.15 million USD) to collect and treat hazardous waste accumulated at factories, according to the city People’s Committee Vice Chairman Nguyen Trung Tin.

This follows a back-up of dangerous wastes at the factories after the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, early this year, ordered waste-processing units to stop collecting hazardous wastes following a pile-up at these units too.

Tin ordered the Urban Environment Company to quickly build more warehouses and incinerators at Dong Thanh garbage dump to increase its waste-handling capacity from 30 tones a day to 80 tonnes.

According to the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the city’s treatment facilities receive and treat 30-40 tonnes of hazardous wastes every day but enterprises in industrial and processing zones produce around 300 tonnes.

No factory or any other facility in the city has the capability to treat hazardous wastes generated by industries.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

US oil spill clean-up resumes in some areas

In Uncategorized on July 4, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Clean-up work gathered speed in some areas of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill Sunday, but heavy swells kept many boats docked, halting efforts to fight the ecological disaster.

A Taiwanese mega-skimmer dubbed the “A Whale” was in position near the site of the leak and set to undergo 48 hours of “proof of concept” testing, Coast Guard spokeswoman Ayla Kelley told AFP.

The 300-yard (275-meter) long tanker can vacuum up 21 million gallons of oily water a day, separating oil from water and spitting the seawater back out.

Small skimming boats that have been patrolling the Gulf for the past 10 weeks have only collected 28.2 million gallons of oily water to date, and rough weather made seas off Louisiana too choppy for them to even go out Saturday.

Workers toss bags full of sand contaminated with oil into a dumpster in Louisiana

Coast Guard Petty Officer Kelly Parker at a Houma, Louisiana information center said crews were resetting protective booms along fragile coastal areas, but skimming and controlled burns of spilled crude had been halted.

However, around the Chandeleur Islands, a chain of uninhabited barrier islands and wildlife refuge at Louisiana’s easternmost point, boom and skimming operations resumed Friday, said a representative of Admiral Thad Allen, the top official overseeing the spill response.

“These are the most environmentally sensitive areas. The good news is that we saw only light oil and there were hundreds of boats working in the area resetting boom and skimming,” rear admiral Paul Zunkunft told reporters after he flew over the islands.

“The areas are critical to defend because they are home to turtles, shrimp and other wildlife,” Zukunft said.

Despite containment efforts, he warned: “We are not out of the woods yet.”

On Louisiana’s Grand Isle, cleanup crews darted in and out of makeshift shelters to fan out along oil-soiled beaches between thunderstorms, in the wake of the first storm of the Atlantic hurricane season which sent oil faster and further inland, damaging the island’s fragile ecosystems.

“Usually it takes about two weeks for oil to reach the shoreline,” explained Anne Marie Gorden, Public Affairs Specialist with the Coast Guard. “But this is fresh oil,” she added, pointing to battered and oil-soaked rows of sandbags lining Fourchon Beach.

An estimated 35,000 to 60,000 barrels of oil per day has gushed from the ruptured well since the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon drilling rig sank on April 22, some 50 miles (80 kilometers) off the coast of Louisiana.

A containment system has captured about 557,000 barrels of oil, but rough seas delayed the deployment of a third vessel that could boost capacity from 25,000 barrels to 53,000 barrels a day.

That means an estimated 1.9 to 3.6 million barrels — or 79.5 to 153 million gallons — of oil has now gushed into the Gulf.

Using the high end of that estimate, the spill has now surpassed the 1979 Ixtoc blowout, which took nine months to cap and dumped an estimated 3.3 million barrels (140,000 million gallons) into the Gulf of Mexico.

It is topped only by the deliberate release of six to eight million barrels of crude by Iraqi troops who destroyed tankers and oil terminals and set wells ablaze in Kuwait during the 1991 Gulf War.

And it will likely be mid-August at the earliest before the Gulf well is permanently capped by injecting mud and cement with the aid of relief wells.

Skimmers had been collecting about 12,000 barrels of oil a day before they were sent back to port after Hurricane Alex whipped up waves earlier this week, while about 8,000 barrels of oil was being burned off the surface.

But the spill has so far oiled at least 450 miles (725 kilometers) of US shorelines, 74 days into the worst environmental disaster in US history.

Admiral Allen said he hoped to have the third containment vessel, the Helix Producer, in place by Wednesday.

Once the Producer is working, officials will also have a better sense of just how much crude is leaking, “just by the visual evidence of how much oil is actually coming out around that cap,” Allen said.

They will then have to decide if the existing system should stay in place, or if it would be best to undergo a risky procedure to replace the cap with another system capable of capturing up to 80,000 barrels of oil a day.

“The decision window associated with that would be sometime in the next, I would say, seven to 10 days,” Allen said in a conference call Friday.

In addition to boosting capacity, the new system would also greatly reduce the amount of time oil could gush freely into the sea if crews had to evacuate due to a bad storm.

Meanwhile, Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson was headed to Pensacola, Florida to oversee coastal clean-up operations in the state, where tourist draws Miami and the Florida Keys face the likelihood of fouled beaches.

Source: SGGP

Hanoi accelerates clean-up of river filth

In Uncategorized on July 2, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Hanoi accelerates clean-up of river filth

QĐND – Friday, July 02, 2010, 21:55 (GMT+7)

Hanoi People’s Committee has urged sectors and authorities to speed up the cleaning of the banks of the To Lich and Nhue rivers, which flow through six major city districts.

In recent years, the streams have become dumping sites for all sorts of rubbish, which has seriously polluted the sites.

The clean-up is part of the city’s preparation for the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi in October.

Speaking at a meeting of the committee on Wednesday, vice chairman Vu Hong Khanh said the work had lagged behind schedule because of numerous people encroaching on space along the rivers.

Khanh asked the Department of Construction to mobilise workers and vehicles to clear away domestic waste along the banks. He said the job should be finished by the end of this month.

He said the amount of waste should be calculated and plans made to cart it all away. An initial survey shows that nearly 20,000cu.m of domestic waste were involved along the 11,400 metre-long-bank of the To Lich River. And there are also numerous waste sites scattered along the banks of the Kim Nguu River.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Gulf oil clean-up stalled by rough weather

In Uncategorized on July 2, 2010 at 2:20 pm

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, July 2, 2010 (AFP) – Choppy seas and high winds will delay deployment of a third containment vessel over the ruptured Gulf of Mexico oil well until next week, a US official warned.

National Incident Coordinator Thad Allen said the Helix Producer ship had been delayed by the effects of Hurricane Alex, which struck northeastern Mexico but was downgraded to a tropical depression on Friday.

“We will need about three days after the weather calms… for that vessel to be able to hook up to the flexible coupling that it would be required to do,” Allen said Thursday.

“So we’re looking at somewhere around midweek next week to bring the third production vessel on-line.” The vessel had originally been due on station by the end of June.

Once operational, the Helix Producer should be able to double the amount of oil being captured to around 53,000 barrels per day.

This May 2, 2010 file photo shows a sign telling people of a turtle nesting area on Dauphin Island, Alabama, off the coast of Mobile, as the oil spill from the BP Deepwater Horizon platform disaster approaches the Gulf Coast. AFP

An estimated 35,000 to 60,000 barrels per day has been gushing out of the ruptured well since the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon drilling rig sank on April 22 some 50 miles (80 kilometers) off the coast of Louisiana.

Two other containment ships were still operational despite seven-foot (two-meter) swells, capturing a portion of the escaping oil at a rate of about 25,000 barrels per day.

US Coast Guard Commander Charles Diorio said that the thousands of ships hired to skim oil, lay boom, carry out controlled burns and move equipment will not resume work until waves were less than four feet (one meter) high — unlikely to happen until Saturday.

Cleanup crews are also waiting for the deployment of a super tanker from Taiwan retrofitted as a giant skimmer dubbed the “whale.”

“That vessel is currently in New Orleans,” Diorio said, “and it’s being inspected by a team of personnel, both Coast Guard and BP and other agencies trying to figure out the best way to employ it, (or) if we can employ it at all.”

The giant ship is some 300 yards (275 meters) long and can suck up 21 million gallons of oily water a day, he said.

Allen also said that progress was slightly ahead of schedule on the operation to drill two relief wells which will eventually be used to seal the ruptured Deepwater Horizon gusher.

But the target date is still in August, said Allen, who appeared at the White House in a civilian suit, one day after officially retiring from the US Coast Guard as an admiral.

Around 428 miles (689 kilometers) of US shorelines have now been oiled as crude spews into the sea at an alarming rate, 10 weeks into the worst environmental disaster in US history.

The news comes as the White House said it would announce a decision on a revised six-month moratorium on offshore drilling within days.

The White House vowed last week to issue a fresh moratorium on deepwater oil drilling after district judge Martin Feldman said it would cause irreparable economic harm.

Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said new moratorium terms from the Interior Department would likely come out “in the next few days,” most likely after the long July 4 Independence Day weekend.

Obama first imposed the six-month moratorium in late May, after the true extent of the disaster became clear.

He and Vice President Joe Biden, who visited the southern Gulf Coast disaster zone earlier this week, meanwhile met senior officials involved in the clean-up operation in the secure White House Situation Room.

The briefing, Gibbs later said, also covered hurricane projections for the expected stormy summer season and their potential impacts on the response.

Late Wednesday, Obama directed Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, whom he has put in charge of the restoration of the Gulf Coast, to come up with a long-term recovery plan “as soon as possible.”

On Capitol Hill, the focus turned again to the bill for clean-up and restoration.

“It will take billions of dollars — even trillions,” Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson Lee told reporters, citing “a presentation by the president’s team on the BP oil spill” early in the day.

Source: SGGP

Hanoi’s polluted river slated for clean-up

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 10:18 am

Hanoi’s polluted river slated for clean-up

QĐND – Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 21:3 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Science and Technology will experimentally treat a 2km polluted section of To Lich River from Hoang Quoc Viet to Cau Giay, at a cost of over 40 billion dong ($2.1 million).

Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Nguyen Van Lang characterized To Lich River as “seriously polluted” and MoST will first treat one section in a pilot project. Hanoi will decide when to begin.

Lang explained that, after one month of treatment, the water quality will be improved. MoST will receive 40 billion dong when the polluted water is successfully treated.

He added that the ministry will cover the expenditures for treating pollution in Hanoi’s Truc Bach Lake, where several months ago fish died en masse.

Last year some companies experimentally treated some of Hanoi’s polluted lakes to prepare for a project to clean up all city lakes.

The Green JS Company under MoST treated pollution at Quynh, Ngoc Khanh and Xa Dan lakes in Hanoi on a trial basis. These lakes no longer have a bad odor and their fish are flourishing. The Chemistry Institute dealt with pollution in Hai Bo Trung Lake and the results have been very good. However, Ao Dinh Ngoc Ha, Dai and Kim Lien lakes, which were treated by two other companies, are still polluted.

Previously, Hanoi decided to pay 600 billion dong (over $31.5 million) to collect and treat waste water in a section of To Lich River. Accordingly, all waste water in this area will be treated before it runs into the river. However, Hanoi’s officials said that this project will not be finalized for at least 3 years.

Hanoi has over 100 lakes and ponds, totaling more than 1,100 hectares. Most are seriously polluted.

Source: VNN

Source: QDND

Storm theatens Gulf of Mexico oil spill clean-up

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2010 at 12:41 pm

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – A potentially dangerous tropical storm named Alex that experts say could complicate the Gulf of Mexico oil spill clean-up has formed in the Caribbean Sea, the US government said on Saturday.

At 0900 GMT, the eye of the storm, which packed sustained winds of 40 miles (65 kilometers) an hour, was located 220 miles (355 kilometers) east of Belize City, according to the Miami-based US National Hurricane Center.

An aerial view of the Chandeleur islands, on June 23, in the Gulf of Mexico, along the coast of Louisiana. AFP

A tropical storm warning was in effect on the east coast of Belize, Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and on the coastal islands in Honduras.

But after dropping rain on the Central American nations, the storm was expected to turn toward the Gulf of Mexico.

“A gradual turn toward the northeast and an increase in forward speed are expected in the next 48 hours,” the center said in an advisory.

Alex was expected to approach the Yucatan Peninsula on Sunday morning.

Weather forecasters had earlier said the storm by next week could head for the site of the huge oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico unleashed by the April 20 explosion of the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig.

The vast spill has already soiled the coastlines of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama and reached Florida on Thursday, a potential disaster for one of the world’s top tourist destinations with over 80 million visitors a year

“This will be the first time and there is no playbook,” Coast Guard commandant Thad Allen told CNN commenting on the weather.

“I will tell you there has been an extraordinary amount of planning being done between the folks of the national incident command and incident commanders on the ground,” he said.

Vice President Joe Biden was heading to the region on Tuesday and was due to visit the New Orleans-based National Incident Command Center and then trvael to the Florida panhandle, Allen said.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Carol Browner, who heads the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, will also visit.

Oil began oozing on to beaches in northwestern Florida Thursday, prompting a swimming ban from far western Florida to the east side of Pensacola Beach through Santa Rosa Island, one of the region’s most popular attractions.

The state’s 1,260 miles (2,000 kilometers) of western coastline is home to scores of beaches as well as pristine coral reefs and an important fishing industry.

State officials have mounted an aggressive beach and coastline cleanup effort to stop the oil from reaching Florida beaches.

At a time of high unemployment in other sectors, tourism in Florida generates more than a million jobs, bringing the state 65 billion dollars in revenue in 2008.

BP shares plummeted to a 13-year low in London on Friday after the group ramped up the costs of the spill so far to 2.35 billion dollars (1.9 billion euros).

The company’s share values have been cut by more than half since the April 20 explosion on the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 workers and unleashed the worst oil spill in US history.

The company’s stock collapsed by almost nine percent in mid-morning trading to plumb a low of 296 pence on the London Stock Exchange, hitting a level last seen in August 1996 amid investor alarm over spiraling costs.

On Saturday, activists and southeast Louisiana residents are scheduled to gather at area beaches to hold hands and show their support clean energy and oppose offshore drilling.

The “Hands Across the Sand” event will take place in all US states and some 30 countries, organizers said.

“It’s time to stand up to the oil industry. It’s time to move America beyond oil and into a clean energy future,” said Aaron Viles, Campaign Director of the Gulf Restoration Network.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal separately declared Sunday a “Statewide Day of Prayer for perseverance during the oil spill crisis.”

Jindal, a Republican politician of Indian descent, opposes the six-month moratorium imposed on exploratory offshore drilling, claiming it will only compound the state’s suffering.

Oil siphoning operations resumed Wednesday morning, some 11 hours after BP removed the containment cap over the gushing well after a remotely-operated submarine robot bumped into the device.

The accident shut down a vent, forcing gas up into part of the system. The device traps spewing crude and siphons it up to two surface vessels.

The overall amount of crude gushing from the damaged well is still unclear, with the latest government estimates ranging from 35,000 to 60,000 barrels a day.

Source: SGGP