China has unveiled plans to clean up the resource extraction industry by making mining companies pay a fee to local governments for environmental funds, Reuters reported. The fee is only refunded if the company does not create pollution, and will otherwise be used to restore the environment.
Countries in the Caribbean say that larger storms and flooding events caused by climate change are making it more difficult to manage their wastewater, Inter Press Service reported. Many urban areas are served by septic tanks instead of centralized wastewater management systems, making them more vulnerable to sea level rise and sewage overflows during heavy rains.
Scientists from the United States Environmental Protection Agency are looking for any environmental effects from the billions of gallons of raw and partly treated sewage released during Super Storm Sandy last year, Newsday reported. They will compare water and sediment samples from sites near the flooded wastewater treatment plants to samples taken before the storm in 2008.
Storage space for contaminated water at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant could be inadequate in two years, according to government officials, the Associated Press reported. The Japanese government has announced new plans for controlling both the influx of water into the plant and leaks of contaminated water from storage.