In court

Published: Thursday 15 June 2006

drainage problems: The Australian New South Wales Land and Environment Court has ordered Arenco Propriety Limited, a construction company, to pay around US $20,000 towards rehabilitation work at Bathurst mine after it pumped water into a stormwater drainage system in the area. It pumped 18,600 litres of water containing sediment into the drainage system at Mount Panorama in September 2004. This has adversely affected aquatic life.

fuel trouble: Nine US states have sued the government for failing to address how its new federal fuel economy standards for sports-utility vehicles (SUVs) and light trucks will adversely affect air quality, fuel conservation and climate change. In March, US had approved a 24.1 mile-per-gallon standard -- up by 1.9 -- for SUVs, mini vans and pickups applicable between 2008 and 2011.

contempt of court: Maharashtra bureaucrat Ashok Khot was recently arrested and sentenced to a month's imprisonment along with the state cabinet minister Surupsinh Malik in a contempt of court case. The two had issued licenses to six saw-mills to operate in restricted forests near the Tansa Sanctuary in Maharashtra's Thane district in 2004, in violation of the Supreme Court's directives. Naik was then the state environment and forests minister while Khot was a principal secretary in the ministry.

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