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Recycling firm sentenced after employees trapped in machinery

A waste recycling firm, its director and site manager have been sentenced after an employee died and a second was seriously injured when they became trapped inside machinery.

Durham Crown C...

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Infrastructure bank, 'levelling-up' and growth deals included in Budget 2021

Chancellor Rishi Sunak used his 2021 Budget to promise that the new UK infrastructure bank will be able to deploy £12 billion of equity and debt capital, and be able to issue up to £10...

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Almost 1bn tonnes of food wasted every year

New research from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has found that food waste from households, retail establishments and the food service industry totals 931 million tonnes each year....

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Drax terminates plans after opposition

After persistent opposition from climate groups, Drax has made a decision to cease all plans for Europe's largest gas power plant in North Yorkshire.

The plan was to build two combined...

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UK broke air pollution limits for a decade

On 4 March 2021, the court of justice of the EU (CJEU) has ruled that the UK has "systematically and persistently" broken legal limits on air pollution for a decade.

According to the ruling...

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Zara Home and others pay for packaging waste failings

The Environment Agency accepted an enforcement undertaking for breaches of the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations SI...

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Framework for homes providing better quality of life published

The Quality of Life Foundation has launched a framework that hopes to address the changes that the development industry can make to ensure that homes are created to provide a better quality of life...

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Employee scalded during cleaning operation

A chemical manufacturing company, Calachem Limited, has been fined after an employee was scalded while completing a cleaning operation.

The injury took place when part of a produc...

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Safety failings lead to sentence for contractor

A contractor in the North West has been sentenced after multiple safety failings that resulted in disrupted electricity services and disturbed asbestos.

The company had been contracted to c...

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New energy labelling of appliances applicable

A new framework of energy labelling, which provides harmonised product information in the form of a graphic label placed on the appliance or its packaging, applies from 1 March 2021.

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Pressure mounts on Government over mine plans

Back in October, Cumbria County Council granted planning permission for West Cumbria Mining to open a new coking coal mine in Whitehaven, amid much controversy. Given the Government's recent climat...

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Domestic wood burning huge source of particulate pollution in UK

A recent study carried out by DEFRA shows that domestic burning of wood in stoves and fireplaces is the biggest source of particulate matter (PM) pollution in the UK.</...

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Questions about HSE refusal to shut workplaces over coronavirus risks

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic last year the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) warned that those employers who do not address the risks of the c...

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Target set for net-zero Wales by 2050 or sooner

On 9 February 2021, the Welsh Government set a legal commitment to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, but it's also pushing to "get there sooner" and "business as usual" is no longer a...

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Money withdrawn from green homes grant programme

People are experiencing long delays for grants as part of the green homes grant programme, with some householders waiting nearly five months.

The programme, which was revealed as one of the...

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