Edie environmental case law update (April 2005)

In this month's Semple Fraser and Edie News update of legal cases to impact the environmental industry sector in the UK, Europe and Internationally: France breaks international waste laws; Belgium fails the Nitrates Directive; Turkey's human rights record is questioned after an explosion at a rubbish tip; and the US flaunts international waste laws and exports ghost ships to the UK.

European Case law

· Austria fails to provide report on sulphur content of fuels edie+

· Finland misses deadline for maritime safety law edie+

· France in breach of waste tip operating rules edie+

· Germany found in breach of EIA Directive over two road building projects. edie+

· Belgium found to be in breach of Nitrates Directive edie+

European Court of Human Rights Case Law

· Death caused by methane explosion at municipal rubbish tip edie+

· Authorities decision to issue mining permit violated Article 8 of Human Rights Convention edie+

UK Case law

· Timber waste to wood chip is exempt from waste licensing regime edie+

Other Members States Case Law

· Berlin to be brought before the Courts regarding PM10 edie+

American Case law

· MARAD allows export of nine more 'ghost ships' to the UK edie+


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