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(Mar 02, 2008) South Korea dumped 2.02 million cubic meters of sewage from livestock farms, 1.71 million cubic meters of leftover food, and 1.61 million cubic meters of urban sewage into the ocean in 2007. Although South Korea ratified the 1972 Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter in 1993, Korea has not made significant efforts to reduce dumping into the ocean. Rather, Korea's dumping of wastes into the ocean has increased. Moreover, citizen groups have pointed out that more has been dumped illegally than is shown in the government statistics. In 2007, the Marine and Fisheries Ministry and the Environment Ministry came up with a plan to gradually reduce the dumping of wastes into the ocean and to ban such dumping by 2012. After the media paid attention to the fact that two of the dumping sites crossed the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) line between Korea and Japan, the Marine and Fisheries Ministry announced its plan to amend the Marine Environment Management Act Enforcement Order by June 2008 and to re-designate the dumping sites so that they will not infringe on Japan's EEZ. (Un-hoe Pak, Haikibutsu toki [Dumping wastes], CHOSUNILBO, Feb. 12, 2008; Ui-je Yi, Kankoku no gomi kaiyo toki no jittai [Korea's waste dumping into the ocean], CHOSUNILBO, Feb. 11, 2008; Our Oceans Are Not Giant Trash Cans, CHOSUNILBO, Feb. 12, 2008, available at http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200802/200802120014.html.)

Author: Sayuri Umeda More by this author
Topic: Environmental protection More on this topic
Jurisdiction: South Korea More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 03/02/2008