In short

Published: Wednesday 15 August 2007

>> The department of justice in Wisconsin, USA, has sued US Oil Company Inc on July 10 for violating state air pollution laws. They alleged its fuel storage terminals in Milwaukee, Brown and Dane Counties emitted volatile compounds which are air contaminants under state law.

>> In order to make its cars more environment-friendly, the Ford Motor Company announced to change its car seats with soy-based foam by 2008. The first model to have such seats is the popular Mustang model.

>> Oil leakage from Don Pedro ship that sank off the port of Ibiza, Spain, has now broken through barriers and threatens the country's Ses Salines nature reserve, a protected area and nesting spot for migratory birds.

>> Brazil has said it will go forward with the construction of two proposed hydroelectric plants near the Bolivian border despite Bolivian claims that it had issued permits without studying its environmental and social impacts.

>> Canadian company Eldorado Gold Corp announced the temporary closure of its Kisladag mine in western Turkey after the validity of the mine's environmental impact assessment was questioned in a Turkish court.

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