Weekly News Bulletin: Sep. 25-Oct. 1, 2006


Mayor Bloomberg's Ambitious Waste Plan Wins Victory in Court

Mayor Bloomberg's 20-year waste management plan scored a recent victory in court. Opponents of a proposed waste transfer station on 91st Street and the East River had sued saying that the location with its proximity to residential areas, posed a significant health hazard. In his ruling, Judge Michael Stallman rejected those arguments saying that the plan would "further the city's announced, rational goals of promoting equity among the boroughs for responsibility over waste disposal, and reducing truck traffic."...Read More »



Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announces the creation of the Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, perhaps taking a page from California, announced the creation of the Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability. The Office's mission is three-fold: to help develop a plan for the City's long-term growth and development, to integrate sustainability goals and practices into every aspect of that plan, and to make New York City government a "green" organization...Read More »



City of Toronto Agrees to Buy Landfill to Stem Waste Now Destined for Michigan

The City of Toronto, in preparation of its commitment to stem the flow of waste going to Michigan by 2010, has agreed to purchase its own landfill. The City Council approved a letter of intent to purchase the Green Lane Landfill in southwestern Ontario for a staggering $442 million...Read More »



Waste Management to Announce Third Quarter Results and Host Conference Call

Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE: WMI) will host a conference call on Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at 10am (Eastern) to discuss third quarter financial results which are to be released before the market opens on that day...Read More »



Waste Management Files Mixed Securities Shelf

Waste Management, Inc. (WMI) recently registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission to sell from time to time an undisclosed amount of debt securities, common stock, preferred stock, warrants, guarantees and units...Read More »



New Orleans Landfill Expansion is Debated

Slidell Landfill, north of New Orleans, is seeking a permit from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality to expand to 48 acres and to increase its height to 125 feet. The existing site is reaching capacity from debris from Hurricane Katrina. The DEQ is expected to grant the permit, although local citizens have begun a letter writing campaign that may slow or even halt the process...Read More »



Plasco Energy Begins Construction on Ottawa Plasma Gasification Facility

Plasco Energy Group Inc. has begun construction on a commercial plasma gasification plant in the City of Ottawa, Ontario. The facility will demonstrate a technology that essentially produces lightning to convert some 85 tonnes (94 tons) per day of MSW into synthetic gas. Furthermore, the entire process occurs in a sealed system that produces zero air emissions. The synthetic gas will in turn power engines to generate 4 megawatts of electricity (enough to power 4,600 households)...Read More »



Greenpeace Grades PC Makers --- Dell, H-P Step Up Recycling Efforts; Apple is Pressed to Do More

Greenpeace has given some poor grades to some of the biggest laptop computer manufacturers. Some of the best-known laptops are contaminated with some of the worst toxic chemicals. An independent Danish laboratory tested for the presence of several toxic chemicals, including brominated flame retardants (BFRs), polyvinyl chloride plastic (PVC), and even lead, in brand new laptops from five of the world's leading manufacturers (Acer, Apple, Dell, HP, Sony). Of those, Hewlett-Packard and Apple laptops showed the worst contamination levels...Read More »



EPA Final Rule on Tribal Strategy; Solid Waste Disposal Act Sent to House

The Environmental Protection Agency has sent the Agency's final rule on Tribal Strategy; Solid Waste Disposal Act, Subtitle I, as amended by Title XV, Subtitle B of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, to the House Energy and Commerce Committee...Read More »



Siemens and Zero Waste Energy to Produce Energy from Biomas

Siemens and Zero Waste Energy Systems Inc. (ZWES) have formed a partnership to produce green energy from waste. ZWES recently agreed to be acquired by Plasma Environmental Technologies Inc. on September 1. The plan is to jointly develop small-scale distributed power plants in southern Ontario to run on organic waste fuels...Read More »



Covanta Calls Special Meeting of Stockholders

Covanta Holding Corporation, (NYSE: CVA), announced that its Board of Directors has called a Special Meeting of Stockholders to be held on November 16, 2006. The purpose of which is a vote to remove provisions from Covanta's charter in order to make it easier for the company to access the capital markets. One is to remove restrictions on the sale or transfer of stock by holders of 5% or more. Another amendment will be to remove required shareholder approval of preferred stock issuances to holders of 1% or more...Read More »



Clean Harbors Appoints New Board Member

Clean Harbors, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLHB), a provider of environmental and hazardous waste management services, announced the appointment of Dr. Gene Banucci to the Company's nine-member Board of Directors. Dr. Banucci is the Chairman and Founder of ATMI, Inc., a supplier of specialty materials to the worldwide semiconductor industry...Read More »


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