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EU: Provisional agreement reached on ban of single-use plastics

The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have reached a political agreement on the new measures proposed by the Commission to reduce marine litter at its source, targeting the 10 plastic products most often found on our beaches as well as abandoned fishing gear.

USCG takes control of MC20 oil discharge response

The US Coast Guard has partially taken over response operations to contain an oil discharge from the site of the collapsed Mississippi Canyon Block 20 offshore platform 11 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River. USCG will now access the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund and assume authority for containing and disposing the oil.

Oil spill reported in Garden Island Bay, Louisiana

The US Coast Guard responded to an oil discharge near Garden Island Bay, Louisiana, on Friday, December 14. Namely, around 420 gallons of crude oil were discharged from a damaged saltwater disposal line at the Texas Petroleum Investment Company.

Belgian company cleans up oil pollution from the French Riviera

France has called the Belgian Jan De Nul Group to clean up the oil-polluted beaches of the French Riviera. The pollution, which still continues, was caused by the collision of two vessels on the Mediterranean Sea which resulted a leak in the fuel tanks.

US court fines Navimax for discharging oily waste at sea

The US Department of Justice announced that Navimax Corporation was fined with $2,000,000 by a federal district court for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and obstructing a Coast Guard investigation. Namely, the company discharged oily waste at sea.

USCG continues to respond to the oil discharge in Louisiana

The U. S. Coast Guard continues to respond to a well discharging a mixture of crude oil, gas, and water near Port Sulphur, Louisiana. The U.S. Coast Guard, Hilcorp Energy Co. and the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office have established a Unified Command to properly respond to the situation.

Fishing vessel sinks in Seward Harbor, Alaska

The fishing vessel Nordic Viking that sank in Seward Harbor on December 9 caused oil spill in the area and the US Coast Guard is responsible for the clean-up procedures concerning fuel that was released. The factor remains unknown. The wildlife faces no hazards and further discharges haven’t been reported.

Oil spill off Port Sulphur, Louisiana

The US Coast Guard is responding to an oil discharge that took place near Port Sulphur, Louisiana, on Sunday, December 9. Namely, a crude oil well in Rattle Snake Bayou, southwest of Port Sulphur, was leaking. The amount of the oil spill is not know yet.

EU to deny citizens longer-lasting and repairable products resulting to e-waste

Major industry lobby groups have pressured the European Commission to leave plans for longer-lasting products despite increasing public support. But EU governments can still rescue the proposals during votes in December and January. The main categories of products concerned are lighting, displays, washing machines, dishwashers and fridges. 

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