On 16 May, Default Notices in Zambia were issued to holders of large scale Prospecting and Mining Licenses by the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development. Holders who were given Default Notices were those that either failed to submit quarterly and annual exploration reports, submitted sub-standard or false reports that did not represent exploration progess, failed to submit a decision letter in respect of an environmental project brief, or failed to keep full and accurate exploration or mining processing records at the holders office. Those issued notices have been given 60 days (which started in March 2012) to remedy the defaults. Licenses will be cancelled for those companies who have failed to remedy their Default Notices.
On 20 March 2012 in the Netherlands, the Inspectorate Living Environment and Transport (Inspectie Leefomgeving en Transport – ILT) announced that it arrested two persons that instructed its own hired employees to remove asbestos from ships containing asbestos. In the Netherlands only certified personnel are allowed to carry out asbestos removal. Furthermore, it is interesting to note that the removal took place in Italy, but as the ships was under the Dutch flag, the Netherlands was responsible.
In the United States, The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released an analysis in May on 240 different consumer products that were found to be in violation of U.S. safety rules or found to be unsafe. The information shown in the report reflects the data of products seized between 1 October 2011 and 31 December 2011. The report provided the names of foreign manufacturers, product names, violations, countries of origin and total volumes of imported products seized by the CPSC. The total number of products stopped was 264, while the number of units stopped was 647,360.
– Contributors: Marlies Huijbers, Jonathan Nwagbaraocha & Ronald Musukutwa, EHS Regulatory Consultants