Australia: Government bans dumping from new dredging projects into Great Barrier Reef

Guardian: The federal government has finalised a ban on the dumping of sediment from new dredging projects into the waters of the Great Barrier Reef, as a decision looms on whether the ecosystem will be listed as “in danger” by the UN. Greg Hunt, the federal environment minister, said he has approved an amendment to the Great Barrier Reef marine park regulations to ban capital dredge spoil being dumped there. The ban will apply to all past, present and future applications for dumping of new seabed excavations......

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