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Direct waste charging

The revised Northern Ireland Waste Strategy issued by the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland (DoE NI) has promised to develop proposals which will provide co...

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Consultation on abstraction and impounding

The Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland (DoE NI) is carrying out a consultation on the draft Water Abstraction and Impoundment (Licensing) Regulations 2006. T...

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Illegal plants fuels customs crackdown

Customs officers have seized 12,000 litres of contaminated diesel from a fuel laundering plant in County Armagh. The plant at Belleeks was estimated to have been able to produce 150,000 litres of f...

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Hefty fine for farmers folly

A farmer from Knockninny Hill, Derrylin, County Fermanagh has been fined £20,000 for damaging an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI), in July 2004. The Environment and He...

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Company steeled for weighty fine

Clifton Steel Ltd of Fazeley Street, Birmingham, have been fined £150,000 with £20,000 costs after admitting breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. On...

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Construction companies need to lift their game

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has stressed that anyone involved in lifting operations on building sites has a responsibility to make sure they are properly planned a...

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Young worker has foot crushed

G. F. Smith and Son (London) Ltd of Hull, have been prosecuted and fined a total of £7,750 for breaching health and safety law, which resulted in an industrial accident where an 18 year old warehou...

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Arsenal's seating sale scuppered

Arsenal Football Club have scored an embarrassing own goal in their bid to sell off memorabilia from their ground. They have been forced to abandon plans to sell 38,500 seats from Highbury to fans,...

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Second Buncefield report published

The Buncefield Investigation Board has published a second interim report as they continue their mammoth task of investigating the oil depot incident on 11 December 2005, where explosions resulted f...

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Hosepipe ban trickles into force

Almost all homes in the South-East of England are now forbidden from using hosepipes or sprinklers after new water restrictions came into force. At the same time it was announced the average water...

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Offshore opportunities in danger of blowing over

Offshore wind energy in the UK is unlikely to reach its full potential unless there is additional support, a report commissioned by the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) has shown. The researc...

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DEFRA announces air quality strategy review

Proposals to cut air pollution, reduce breaches of air quality objectives and improve human health have been published for consultation. Air pollution is currently estimated to reduce the life expe...

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New Code of Practice causes a stink

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published a voluntary Code of Practice for operators of sewage treatment works in order to try and minimis...

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Purple pollution peril

A soft drinks manufacturer has been fined £6,000 and ordered to pay £2,101 in costs by Pontefract Magistrates Court for leaking a "purple, frothy, fruity-smelling discharge" into the Wash Dike in W...

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Fund boost for green energy

The campaign to promote renewable energy in Northern Ireland has received a significant boost with the launch of a £150 million Irish Renewable and Sustainable Energy Fund. The private sector initi...

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