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#91 -- Precaution For Fisheries, 23-May-2007

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Rachel's Precaution Reporter #91

"Foresight and Precaution, in the News and in the World"

Wednesday, May 23, 2007..............Printer-friendly version
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Table of Contents...

Argentina Recommends Alternatives to Incineration
Argentina adopts a precautionary approach to solid waste
incineration, favoring alternative technologies.
Fight Over Precautionary Approach to Fisheries in New Zealand
The fisheries bill will place sustainability concerns ahead of
commercial interests when there are gaps or flaws in information about
fish stocks -- a precautionary approach. Opponents fear this will
allow the fisheries minister to cut the total allowable catch without
any basis.
New Zealand Fisheries Minister Advocates Precaution
Simply put, this is the precautionary approach: If information is
uncertain, we should lean on the side of protecting the fishery, not
risking its destruction. Fish left in the sea, are fish in the bank.
To keep on taking fish when you don't have a good idea of how many are
left is, in my view, like robbing the bank.
Maori Groups Are Divided on Precautionary Approach to Fisheries
"The precautionary approach (an internationally accepted standard)
ought to help ensure sustainability and address the impacts of fishing
on the aquatic environment."
Australian Fish Farmers Urge Precautionary Ban on Imported Species
In Australia, fish farmers are worried that imported "ornamental"
fish carry novel disease organisms that could infect commercial
species.
Welsh Radiation Expert Sounds Wi-Fi Warning for Sleeping Children
Biologist Roger Coghill, of Pontypool-based Coghill Research
Laboratories, has warned parents not to use wi-fi until the science is
proven. "It's a precautionary principle I'm advocating," he said.

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From: Coalicion Ciudadana Anti-Incineracion (Argentina), May 22, 2007
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ARGENTINA RECOMMENDS ALTERNATIVES TO INCINERATION

Argentina recommends promoting alternatives to waste incineration in
the Stockholm Convention ("POPs Treaty") National Implementation Plan


Buenos Aires -- The National Secretary of Environment and Sustainable
Development submitted its National Implementation Plan of the
Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (the "POPs
Treaty"), where it recommends promoting alternative to incineration
for managing wastes in order to reduce emissions of dioxins and
furans.

The Stockholm Convention on POPs*, signed in 2001 under the framework
of the UN, aims to reduce, with the final goal to eliminate, the
emissions of the most toxic chemicals known. The initial list of
substances to eliminate includes 9 pesticides, polychlorinated
biphenyls or PCBs, dioxins and furans. Five other chemicals where
added to the list in the last Conference of the Parties. Argentina
ratified the Convention in January 2005, and presented its National
Implementation Plan (NIP) as a following procedure.**

Waste incineration is classified in the Convention as one of the main
sources of dioxin and furan emissions to the environment. Argentina
still has dozens of incinerators of industrial, medical and urban
waste under operation. Despite the fact that Argentina ratified the
Stockholm Convention, there are still many incinerator proposals in
the country, added to a promotion of waste-to-energy.

In the NIP, Argentina describes the steps it plans to take to meet its
obligations under the Convention, to reduce emissions of these toxic
substances. To reduce dioxin and furan emissions from municipal solid
waste management, the submitted Plan recommends "promoting a ban over
incineration as a treatment and disposal technology for this type of
waste, including the use of waste as input to produce energy."

In relation to the emissions coming from medical waste management and
treatment, it is stated that "waste management manuals should be
developed to reduce the volume of wastes produced at animal and human
healthcare centers, both public and private, oriented to use treatment
and disposal technologies that don't produce POPs."

The Anti-Incineration Citizens Coalition [Coalicion Ciudadana Anti-
Incineracion] celebrates the inclusion of these measures, which aim at
preventing dioxin and furan emissions in the first place, through the
implementation of methods and technologies that don't produce these
pollutants.

"The fact that the Stockholm Convention National Implementation Plan
recommends banning incineration is an important step to prevent
pollution, but equally important is that this gets reflected in
concrete measures. Given that there are waste management systems that
don't produce POPs, no new incinerator should be allowed in the
country, and a plan to close the existent incinerators should be
implemented", said Luis Tuninetti, Director of Eco-Sitio and member of
the Coalition.

The Anti-Incineration Citizens Coalition [Coalicion Ciudadana Anti-
Incineracion] is a national network of citizens and NGOs that live
next to waste incinerators or face incinerator proposals in their
communities. Since its foundation in 1995, the Coalition works to
eradicate waste incineration, promoting at the same time sustainable
waste management methods. During these years, the Coalition was a key
factor in getting 17 municipalities to ban or restrict waste
incineration in the country.***

Press contact:

Silvana Bujan: Tel: (54 223) 479-2474 Mobile: (54 223) 155 019937

prensa@noalaincineracion.org

Notes:

* The Stockholm Convention is available here:
http://www.pops.int/documents/convtext/convtext_sp.pdf

** The National Implementation Plan can be downloaded here:
http://www.pops.int/documents/implementation/nips/submissio
ns/argentina_NIP.pdf


*** The municipalities that have banned or restricted waste
incineration in Argentina are: Buenos Aires city, Rosario, Granadero
Baigorria, Coronel Bogado, Totoras, Casilda, Capitan Berm
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Table of Contents...

Argentina Recommends Alternatives to Incineration
Argentina adopts a precautionary approach to solid waste
incineration, favoring alternative technologies.
Fight Over Precautionary Approach to Fisheries in New Zealand
The fisheries bill will place sustainability concerns ahead of
commercial interests when there are gaps or flaws in information about
fish stocks -- a precautionary approach. Opponents fear this will
allow the fisheries minister to cut the total allowable catch without
any basis.
New Zealand Fisheries Minister Advocates Precaution
Simply put, this is the precautionary approach: If information is
uncertain, we should lean on the side of protecting the fishery, not
risking its destruction. Fish left in the sea, are fish in the bank.
To keep on taking fish when you don't have a good idea of how many are
left is, in my view, like robbing the bank.
Maori Groups Are Divided on Precautionary Approach to Fisheries
"The precautionary approach (an internationally accepted standard)
ought to help ensure sustainability and address the impacts of fishing
on the aquatic environment."
Australian Fish Farmers Urge Precautionary Ban on Imported Species
In Australia, fish farmers are worried that imported "ornamental"
fish carry novel disease organisms that could infect commercial
species.
Welsh Radiation Expert Sounds Wi-Fi Warning for Sleeping Children
Biologist Roger Coghill, of Pontypool-based Coghill Research
Laboratories, has warned parents not to use wi-fi until the science is
proven. "It's a precautionary principle I'm advocating," he said.

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From: Coalicion Ciudadana Anti-Incineracion (Argentina), May 22, 2007
[Printer-friendly version]

ARGENTINA RECOMMENDS ALTERNATIVES TO INCINERATION

Argentina recommends promoting alternatives to waste incineration in
the Stockholm Convention ("POPs Treaty") National Implementation Plan


Buenos Aires -- The National Secretary of Environment and Sustainable
Development submitted its National Implementation Plan of the
Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (the "POPs
Treaty"), where it recommends promoting alternative to incineration
for managing wastes in order to reduce emissions of dioxins and
furans.

The Stockholm Convention on POPs*, signed in 2001 under the framework
of the UN, aims to reduce, with the final goal to eliminate, the
emissions of the most toxic chemicals known. The initial list of
substances to eliminate includes 9 pesticides, polychlorinated
biphenyls or PCBs, dioxins and furans. Five other chemicals where
added to the list in the last Conference of the Parties. Argentina
ratified the Convention in January 2005, and presented its National
Implementation Plan (NIP) as a following procedure.**

Waste incineration is classified in the Convention as one of the main
sources of dioxin and furan emissions to the environment. Argentina
still has dozens of incinerators of industrial, medical and urban
waste under operation. Despite the fact that Argentina ratified the
Stockholm Convention, there are still many incinerator proposals in
the country, added to a promotion of waste-to-energy.

In the NIP, Argentina describes the steps it plans to take to meet its
obligations under the Convention, to reduce emissions of these toxic
substances. To reduce dioxin and furan emissions from municipal solid
waste management, the submitted Plan recommends "promoting a ban over
incineration as a treatment and disposal technology for this type of
waste, including the use of waste as input to produce energy."

In relation to the emissions coming from medical waste management and
treatment, it is stated that "waste management manuals should be
developed to reduce the volume of wastes produced at animal and human
healthcare centers, both public and private, oriented to use treatment
and disposal technologies that don't produce POPs."

The Anti-Incineration Citizens Coalition [Coalicion Ciudadana Anti-
Incineracion] celebrates the inclusion of these measures, which aim at
preventing dioxin and furan emissions in the first place, through the
implementation of methods and technologies that don't produce these
pollutants.

"The fact that the Stockholm Convention National Implementation Plan
recommends banning incineration is an important step to prevent
pollution, but equally important is that this gets reflected in
concrete measures. Given that there are waste management systems that
don't produce POPs, no new incinerator should be allowed in the
country, and a plan to close the existent incinerators should be
implemented", said Luis Tuninetti, Director of Eco-Sitio and member of
the Coalition.

The Anti-Incineration Citizens Coalition [Coalicion Ciudadana Anti-
Incineracion] is a national network of citizens and NGOs that live
next to waste incinerators or face incinerator proposals in their
communities. Since its foundation in 1995, the Coalition works to
eradicate waste incineration, promoting at the same time sustainable
waste management methods. During these years, the Coalition was a key
factor in getting 17 municipalities to ban or restrict waste
incineration in the country.***

Press contact:

Silvana Bujan: Tel: (54 223) 479-2474 Mobile: (54 223) 155 019937

prensa@noalaincineracion.org

Notes:

* The Stockholm Convention is available here:
http://www.pops.int/documents/convtext/convtext_sp.pdf

** The National Implementation Plan can be downloaded here:
http://www.pops.int/documents/implementation/nips/submissio
ns/argentina_NIP.pdf


*** The municipalities that have banned or restricted waste
incineration in Argentina are: Buenos Aires city, Rosario, Granadero
Baigorria, Coronel Bogado, Totoras, Casilda, Capitan Berm