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Third spill in the Forth

A company blamed for an oil spill in the Firth of Forth has promised to do everything they can to prevent it from happening again. Petrochemical firm Ineos in Grangemouth was served with an enforce...

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No trust for salvage operation

Salvors are continuing efforts to break up the stricken container ship MSC Napoli off Branscombe in east Devon. The ship which was carrying 2,300 containers was originally grounded in January 2007...

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Ruling a waste of time for the Agency

The Environment Agency has said it welcomes a Court of Appeal ruling this month, because it has cleared up confusion over the definition of waste oil. The Agency will now ha...

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WEEE trickles into force

The remainder of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations SI 2006/3289 came fully into force this month, with the distributor take-back obligations applying...

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REACH out! Again.

Europe's flagship legislation on chemical safety finally came into force on 1 June 2007 after over four years in development. EC Regulation 1907/2006, on the Registration, E...

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Pressure on EU over barometer ban

Euro MPs have signalled the end of traditional barometers, in a move to ban the sale of products containing mercury across the EU. The Parliament's environment committee this month rejected a bid t...

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WRAP it up!

The Environment Agency and the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) have this month announced that five waste streams have been selected for review in the second year...

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Spillage mess at Bo'ness

Members of the public have been warned to stay away from a four mile stretch of shoreline near Grangemouth following an oil spill in the Forth Estuary. Reports of spill residue being washed up at B...

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Green laws for Assembly

The Welsh Assembly Government is to request new powers from Parliament in a bid to help the environment. Recent provisions mean the Assembly can requ...

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New watchdog to guard the environment

An independent watchdog to protect the environment in Northern Ireland should be set up, a high-level review has suggested. The landmark recommendation is contained in a report published by a Gover...

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Foster cans illegal waste

Rogue operators who illegally dump waste in Northern Ireland could face up to five years in jail under tough new laws. The first phase of the Waste (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order

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Panic on the streets of Belfast

Heavy rain has this month caused raw sewage to flood onto the streets in the Lower Ormeau area of south Belfast. The area has suffered from severe flooding several times in recent years, the previo...

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Lisburn landfill site reopened

A controversial landfill site outside Lisburn which was closed down following an inspection has been reopened this month after action was taken to deal with masses of flies and foul smells. The sit...

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Holiday! Celebrate!

Draft Regulations have been published this month which propose various amendments to the Working Time Regulations SI 1998/1833 to ensure that workers are able to take more p...

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Updated list shows all is WEL

The list of workplace exposure limits (WELs) for use with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations SI 2002/2677 has been updated to include new limi...

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