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Over 190,000 Households Using RFID Waste Management System

Over 190,000 Households Using RFID Waste Management System

DAEGU, Jul. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — According to the Daegu municipal government on Tuesday, the city’s Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID)-based smart waste management system is now available to over 190,000 households. Since RFID tags for trash cans were first launched in the city in 2011, the local government claims a reduction of over 30 percent in [...]

Busan Fears Potential Outbreak of Asbestos-Related Illness

Busan Fears Potential Outbreak of Asbestos-Related Illness

BUSAN, Jul. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — News is spreading of a possible outbreak of asbestos related-illness in Busan, once home to the largest textile factories in the country. Busan city government representative Jung Myeong Hee laid out the issue of health problems related to asbestos at the city government’s third plenary session in an emergency meeting [...]

Fine Dust Decreases 15.4 pct after Temporary Shutdown of Coal Power Plants

Fine Dust Decreases 15.4 pct after Temporary Shutdown of Coal Power Plants

SEJONG, Jul. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — Fine dust levels have decreased some 15 percent in the central region of South Korea following the temporary shutdown of eight old coal-fired power plants last month as part of the government’s efforts to reduce the country’s air pollution levels, a study showed Tuesday. Starting June 1, the thermal [...]

Oarfish Discoveries Cause Fears of Impending Doom

Oarfish Discoveries Cause Fears of Impending Doom

GANGNEUNG, Jul. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — Fish of a species found only in the deepest depths of the sea are popping up around Gangneung in Gangwon Province. As strange as the discoveries themselves, the appearance of the fish is causing a certain degree of fear and consternation among the public. Social media platforms are abuzz [...]

Benzene Levels in Groundwater Around U.S. Yongsan Garrison 500 Times Higher than Safety Limits

Benzene Levels in Groundwater Around U.S. Yongsan Garrison 500 Times Higher than Safety Limits

SEOUL, Jul. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — With the U.S. Yongsan Military Garrison’s move to Pyeongtaek looming, Seoul’s city government has sued the national government to request compensation for expenditures related to groundwater purification in the area to the tune of 540 million won. This marks the 13th time the city government has filed a lawsuit [...]

LPG-Powered Recreational Vehicles Could be Offered to General Public

LPG-Powered Recreational Vehicles Could be Offered to General Public

SEOUL, Jul. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — LPG-powered recreational vehicles with a seating capacity of five or below might be released for general sale in South Korea after years of being banned in the retail market, with the government looking for ways to tackle the issue of fine dust emissions. According to the Ministry of Trade, Industry [...]

Seoul Metro to Trial Solar-Powered Air Conditioning System

Seoul Metro to Trial Solar-Powered Air Conditioning System

SEOUL, Jul. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — Seoul Metro is using renewable energy sources to operate its air-conditioning systems in a pilot project at a number of subway stations, the public corporation announced last Friday. Following the trial of a solar-powered air-conditioning system at Dobongsan Station last month, the government-owned transport corporation is set to introduce a [...]

Aging Coal Plant Reopens as Biomass Plant

Aging Coal Plant Reopens as Biomass Plant

SEOUL, Jul. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — The aging coal-powered Young Dong Unit 1 power station has been revamped as the country’s largest environment-friendly biomass plant, replacing coal with wood pellet fuel. According to the Yeongdong Eco Power Division of Korea South-East Power (KOSEP), around 96 billion won was invested to renovate the Young Dong Unit 1 [...]