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As the people most acutely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, we will not let the big polluters decide and assign our fate," the declaration reads.
Water pollution trading takes the onus off of polluters, providing a voluntary, deregulatory scheme that undermines the main tenet of the Clean Water Act that pollution is illegal.
Among those demands were denial of permits to serial polluters, and proper characterization and cleanup of toxic pollution affecting schools, businesses, and residences.
With other critics, they say state environmental regulators don't do enough to hold polluters accountable, and that limiting local suits would encourage more pollution that jeopardizes public health.
It's unfair that communities which are less organized and less wealthy often shoulder the burden of hosting polluters like landfills, incinerators and power plants.
With more precise criteria for convictions and sentencing, the judicial explanation provides "a powerful legal weapon" for law enforcement, which is expected to facilitate the work of judges and tighten punishments for polluters, the statement said.
A RECYCLING firm branded Scotland's worst polluter have been fined a record PS200,000 for storing waste without a licence.
Carbon analysts RepuTex also said in a report polluters did not need to rush in to buy European carbon permits ahead of a merger of both carbon markets, with the price of European allowances to remain low.
Australia's biggest polluters, from coal-fired power stations to smelters, will initially pay $23 per tonne of carbon dioxide emitted, more than twice the cost of carbon pollution in the European Union, which trades at around $10 a tonne.
However, until the big polluters China, the United States, India and South America, change their policies to reduce their demand for fossil fuels, our efforts will have little effect, if any, on future generations.
The top ten polluters, according to Maplecroft's tabulation, are: China, US, India, Russia, Japan, Brazil, Germany, Canada, Mexico and Iran.
Bulgaria is among EU's biggest industrial polluters by size of economy alongside Romania, Estonia, Poland and the Czech Republic, according to a report of the European Environment Agency (EEA) released on Thursday.