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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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Rooker seeks better bathing waters

Environment Minister Jeff Rooker has announced the publication of the "Review of Identification of Northern Ireland Bathing Waters in 2006", which seeks views on review proposals and the nomination...

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Sea of change needed

The Joint Marine Partnership (JMP) has issued an urgent challenge to the Government to overhaul Northern Ireland's current marine management mess, or risk irreparable damage to our seas. The JMP ca...

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Scaffold death inquest

An inquest into the death of a worker who was fatally injured when scaffolding collapsed at a Milton Keynes construction site began on 20 April. John Robinson died in hospital the week after the in...

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Fine for lift companies escalates

A lift operating company has been fined £400,000 at Southampton Crown Court after pleading guilty to a major breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Otis Investmen...

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Steel plant tragedy

A father of two has died in hospital as a result of burns suffered after an accident at the Corus plant in Port Talbot, South Wales. Corus said Kevin Downey was injured when he fell onto a flow of...

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Fireworks company displayed dangerous legislation breach

Mars Pyrotechnics Ltd of Harlow, Essex, have been prosecuted and fined £5,000 by magistrates after they were found guilty of allowing five tonnes of fireworks to be stored dangerously. The case was...

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Theatre urges audience to "break a leg"

A theatre operator and a stage production company have been fined a total of £36,000 for breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, for failings which led to an...

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Oil Storage Scotland Regulations published

The much anticipated Water Environment (Oil Storage) (Scotland) Regulations SSI 2006/133 were published on 10 March and came into force on 1 April 2006. Their aim is to requ...

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Climate change target to be missed

Britain's role as a leader in the fight against climate change has suffered a devastating blow with the Government forced to admit that they will fail to meet a key target to cut greenhouse gas pol...

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Menzies merciless in calls for greener taxes

In his first major speech as new leader of the Liberal Democrats, Sir Menzies Campbell claimed his party must embrace stringent green taxes and urged them to "think afresh". He signalled his suppor...

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Rubbish fine thrown out

A Leicestershire man who threw junk mail in a litter bin on his way to work and received a £50 fixed penalty notice from his local council for "dumping domestic refuse", has had the offence overtur...

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Giant wind farm plan blown out

Plans to create England's largest wind farm in Cumbria have been rejected by the Government. The £55 million development would have seen 27 turbines, each 377 feet tall, erected at Whinash near Ken...

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Improvements in packaging waste data

A new UK £350k electronic system to handle and distribute information and data on packaging waste is being developed by the Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP). The National Packaging Waste Datab...

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New strategy for waste management

The Environment and Heritage Service (EHS) has launched a new waste management strategy for Northern Ireland entitled "Towards Resource Management". This aims to set out pla...

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