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World news round-up 8 September 2014

Italy to be fined for illegal waste tips; USDA back bio-jet fuel plant; Taiwan busts illegal oil making business; JSW eyes Italian steel plant;

Italy likely to be fined for illegal rubbish tips

A legal official of the European Union has advocated levying fines on Italy for an inability to clean up illegal landfill sites, hundreds of which contain hazardous waste. The official said that the country had still not fully complied with a seven-year-old court ruling to clean up illegal dumps.


USDA backs Fulcrum over bio-jet fuel plant

Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels has been awarded a $105m (£64m) loan guarantee from the US Agriculture Department to produce jet fuel from municipal solid waste. The facility will be constructed at McCarran in Nevada.

BioDiesel Magazine

Taiwan’s CIB busts lard-based oil recycling scam

The southern Taiwan unit of the Criminal Investigation Bureau has unearthed an illegal oil-making business in Kaohsiung and Pingtung counties. The Chinese firms used unlicensed waste processing companies and were illegally engaged in the collection of oils meant for recycling for uses other than human consumption. Approximately 200 tonnes of oils recycled from kitchen waste and even by-products of leather processing plants were being sold for human consumption.

Want China Times

JSW eyes acquisition of Italy’s Ilva steel plant

Indian steel firm JSW Steel has expressed interest in acquiring the troubled Ilva steel plant in Italy, which is of strategic importance to the southern European steel market. Ilva is amongst the largest steel plants by production capacity in Europe.

Money Control

JV formed to build EfW plant in Beijing

Beijing Development has formed a joint venture with Beijing Lvhaineng Environmental Protection to construct a CNY1.53bn energy-from-waste plant at Haidian district, China. The Beijing municipal government will fund some CNY600.5m, while CNY925m would be contributed by Beijing Development and Lvhaineng. Beijing Development would hold 99% stake in the JV.

South China Morning Post

Mine workers on indefinite strike over pay

Workers at the Guelb Moghreine copper and gold mine in Mauritania, owned by Mauritania Copper Mines, went on strike over a salary dispute, halting output. The indefinite strike was declared after negotiations collapsed over taxes on employee salaries.

Mining Weekly

Cotton farming in Uganda backed by Chinese investors

Uganda has given 750 acres of land to the investors from the Provincial Department of Agriculture in China, Sichuan, to produce cotton in Masaka district. Sichuan has decided to pump in UGX156bn (£36m) a year and would have injected UGX780bn by next five years.


EWS-China spearheads WEEE operations in China

E-Waste Systems has formed new subsidiary EWS-China to expand operations in East Asia. As a part of the expansion strategy the new subsidiary will be independently capitalised so that it can design and form ventures and support operations related to its eWaste, eVolve and eIncubator business units.

Press Release

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