August 24, 2009

Even More Covanta Pollution Violations - Poolbeg Waste To Toxins Incinerator Operator, Covanta

Happy to gamble having your life cut by two months to two years?

Do you trust Dublin City Council?
Would you trust a friend of Dublin City Council?

DCC's friend Covanta looks like it could be an awesome operator of the proposed Poolbeg Incinerator, a waste-to-toxins factory which will most likely increase premature deaths across Dublin.

Billionaire mogul Zell sold his massive residential and commercial real estate empire in 2007 for $39 billion. Last year, Mr Zell's shareholding in Covanta was worth $666 million. Covanta's CEO was paid $3 million. The small fines imposed on Covanta are a serious joke. Even Seanie would agree they are ridiculous if he wasn't working with the banks on the NAMA scam.

Extracts From The Poughkeepsie Journal of New York.

Mary Beth Pfeiffer • Poughkeepsie Journal • August 16, 2009

Covanta has been fined for air pollution violations at five plants in three US states. A company spokeswoman, Vera Carley, did not dispute the findings.

The documents, verified by the Poughkeepsie Journal of New York, show that the plants, operated by Covanta Energy Corp. of Fairfield, N.J., emitted excessive levels of the pollutants nickel, soot [dangerous PM10's ?], carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide and failed at times to adhere to minimum burning temperatures that help control smokestack pollutants.

In one case, a Chester, Pa., plant was fined $45,600 last October for emitting double the permissible level of the heavy metal nickel; five months later, it was again cited, for "multiple violations."

In another, a Pittsfield, Mass., plant was fined $7,650 last September for emitting more than four times the permissible level of highly toxic dioxin; the plant failed for three months to report operating anomalies as required by state regulators, the documents show.

In addition to the environmental citations, Covanta also faces charges by the USA's National Labor Relations Board that it has engaged in unlawful labor practices. The union also provided documents showing Covanta was fined around $20,000 this year by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 11 "serious" worker safety violations at the West Wareham plant. They included exposing workers to electric shock hazards and potential heat burns; failing to maintain emergency lighting and other equipment, and improperly storing combustible acetylene cylinders.

"Covanta is hostile to workers' rights in the extreme," said Mark Brooks, a union spokesman, adding the company "has a very flawed track record" on environmental and worker safety issues.

"It Only Emits Steam"
Said The DONG's Dane at
Croke Park Oral Hearing.

IBM has a large campus in Poughkeepsie.

What's Iroquis for the "the toxins factory by the Poolbeg place"
Hint: Poughkeepsie Name origin: "the reed-covered lodge by the little-water place" in Iroquois

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ivory Coast toxic dumping report behind secret Guardian gag. The secret gag order prevents reporting of statements made in the House of Commons.


From Wikileaks

Tuesday October 13, 2009

Julian Assange (WikiLeaks investigations editor)

A confidential WikiLeaks report into the dumping of toxic waste by the multi-national commodities giant Trafigura, has seen an extraordinary gag order served on the UK media. The secret gag order prevents reporting of statements made in the House of Commons.

Here's the Guardian's David Leigh in an article first published on Monday night before hitting the front page on Tuesday:

Today's published Commons order papers contain a question to be answered by a minister later this week. The Guardian is prevented from identifying the MP who has asked the question, what the question is, which minister might answer it, or where the question is to be found.

The Guardian is also forbidden from telling its readers why the paper is prevented – for the first time in memory – from reporting parliament. Legal obstacles, which cannot be identified, involve proceedings, which cannot be mentioned, on behalf of a client who must remain secret.

In effect, parliament has been gagged.

Here is the gagged question the Guardian can't tell you about (the Commons' member concerned, Paul Farrelly MP, was a former editor for the Guardian's sister newspaper the Observer):

Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of legislation to protect (a) whistleblowers and (b) press freedom following the injunctions obtained in the High Court by (i) Barclays and Freshfields solicitors on 19 March 2009 on the publication of internal Barclays reports documenting alleged tax avoidance schemes and (ii) Trafigura and Carter-Ruck solicitors on 11 September 2009 on the publication of the Minton report on the alleged dumping of toxic waste in the Ivory Coast, commissioned by Trafigura.[[1]]

Ivory Coast dumping by initiated Western companies is possibly the most culpable environmental disaster since thousands were killed in the Bhopal chemical spill.

What the Commons' gag order is all about is the mentioning of Trafigura and Minton in the same context. The Minton report was released by WikiLeaks on September 14, 2009. Despite that, and some rock solid work by Guardian investigations editor David Leigh and other journalists, the Minton report released by WikiLeaks was not named in the UK press. Why? Because of the earlier 11 September 2009 media injuction, as referred to by Paul Farrelly MP. To-date the UK public has been kept in the dark. Paul Farrelly's question is an attempt to take on the suppression issue. In the process it connected the Minton report on WikiLeaks to Trafigura, something the UK media could not, or would not do.

Statements made in parliament, including those of Paul Farrelly MP, traditionally enjoy an absolute exemption from molestation by the regular judiciary. Parliament does not, insomuch as it believes itself to be an expression of the national will, subordinate itself to any other court.

Knowing this, lawyers for Trafigura, Carter-Ruck, obtained a second, secret media injuction to prevent reporting of Paul Farrely MP's questions. That this alleged order was granted is a bold and dangerous move by the High Court towards the total privatization of censorship. Is a multi-billion pound commodities trader a truer expression of the national will than the House of Commons? The question is no longer rhetorical.

The Commons' gag is not the only issue. The there is also the September 11, 2009 secret gag, which is presumably still in force. The Longon Independent has removed also from its site, without explanation, its September 17 investigative article on the issue "Toxic shame: Thousands injured in African city".