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New drainage legislation to have big impact

The Drainage (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2006/34 are due to come into force on 20 March 2006, and will replace the previous Regulatio...

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Eggsceptional fine for asbestos breach

Omni-Pac (UK) Ltd was fined a total of £50,000 and ordered to pay costs of £86,000 in February, after pleading guilty to breaching sections 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at W...

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Lucky escape from 'death ray'

A specialist company from Oxfordshire who were responsible for transporting an emitting flask containing a radioactive isotope, has been fined £250,000 along with costs of £150,000, for breaching t...

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Vibration legislation prevents A COP out

A commercial vehicle driver from Sheffield has received around £47,000 in an out of court settlement from his former employers Onyx UK, of Beighton, Yorkshire, as a result of losses from having to...

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Total ban lights up smoking debate

Smoking will be outlawed in all pubs, restaurants, private clubs and workplaces across Britain by the summer of next year, after MPs voted overwhelmingly to extend a complete ban to England. Only p...

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Corus to be prosecuted for furnace blast

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have served two summonses on Corus UK Ltd, for breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, followi...

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Don't pack in, keep recycling

Speaking at a Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) conference to highlight the new Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations

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Breakaway climate talks take the biscuit

The first meeting of a controversial alliance promoting economic growth and low carbon emissions opened last month in Sydney. The breakaway Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate...

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Incineration debate hots up

A leaked environment department paper which was due for publication in February has suggested that the Government is proposing to increase the number of incinerators across the country, resulting i...

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New clear plans for nuclear?

The Government have launched a three month public consultation on the future of Britain's energy policy, which critics fear could result in the construction of a new generation of nuclear power sta...

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How clean is your car?

The European Commission have issued proposals for a new Directive, which will require a quarter of all public sector heavy duty vehicles to use clean technology. In similar developments, an additio...

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Funding not a waste of money

Environment minister Jeff Rooker announced funding this month of £3 million for voluntary and community bodies dealing with waste management. 15 bodies have so far been offered funding from the new...

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Wind farm objections finally blow over

A wind farm in County Tyrone has finally been given the go-ahead after planning application was resubmitted. Wind Farm Developments, a joint project between B9 Energy Services and Renewable Energy...

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Quality drinking water on tap

A new Environment and Heritage Services (EHS) report on the quality of tap water in Northern Ireland for 2004 has detailed how our drinking water measures up favourably agai...

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England and Wales put out over fire reform delay

The Government are currently working on an Order which will delay the start date of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order SI 2005/1541, which is due to come into force o...

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