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Correct initial specification can avoid costly clean-up

When pumping potential contaminants, inadequate equipment can be a false economy. BSS Industrial works with a number of manufacturers to ensure it can supply its clients get the most suitable solutions for the job.

Maintenance prevents business from spinning out of control

Fans are vital in ensuring wastewater treatment plants comply with odour regulations. Regular servicing limits down time, extends life expectancy and a fully trained engineer can even advise on energy efficiency measures, writes Richard Wilson.

Thames bats for nature

A nitrate removal project has earned Thames Water an award because of its choice of building materials and its consideration of local habitats, including a colony of bats. Shan Kelly reports

Environmental Case Law Summary, October 06

This month the conservation of bird habitats stole the limelight on the European stage, with Spain and Ireland receiving warnings from the EU over their breach of the Birds Directive. Attempts by the British Aggregates Association to undermine tax exemptions for recycled materials as illegal and unfair were cut short by the European Court of First Instance, while the European Court of Justice found Austria to have failed to incorporate EU rules on the control of explosive materials into its national law.

Austria told to tighten controls on accidents waiting to happen

The European Court of Justice handed down a judgement this week to the effect that Austria had failed in its obligations to transpose Directive 96/82/EC on the control of major accidents hazards involving dangerous substances into national law within the prescribed time of twenty-four months.

Yorkshire Water gets good vibes from microgenerator

Perpetuum has developed the first effective vibration energy harvesting microgenerator that makes wireless, battery-free sensors a reality. Yorkshire Water, along with the US Navy and a major international oil company, has been trialling the PMG7 high-performance microgenerator. We take an in-depth look at the technology and how it has been benefiting the water utility.

A new dawn for nuclear

Nuclear power is becoming increasingly safe and attractive, writes Eric Russell. Here he outlines the advances in the technology and its likely future

As new technology makes nuclear power plants much safer, could atomic energy have a bright future?

Nuclear power is becoming increasingly safe and attractive, writes Eric Russell. Here he outlines the advances in the technology and its likely future

Building the dream

Construction of the world's first 'eco-city' is to commence later this year in Shanghai. But it is founded on immense complexity, and faces great challenges. Elius Levin reports from China

Holiday disruption minimised

Brownsea Island is owned by the National Trust and sits at the entrance to Poole Harbour, Dorset. Both the harbour and the island are sites of special scientific interest.

Risky business: why do companies take more risks when faced with losses?

When making a risky decision, companies assume they are weighing up their best alternatives. But psychology suggests our choices are biased towards taking risks when dealing with losses, writes Dr Ed Mitchell

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (December 2005)

Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. Among the developments this month we see a raft of new directives from the EU, the latest developments on REACH, tighter controls on batteries and in the UK new safety laws for offshore installations and more on restricting toxic chemicals in paints.

Dublin gears up for Bike Week

A week of cycling related activities gets underway in Dublin as part of Ireland's National Bike Week.

Driving up safety standards

You can't put a price on safety when it comes to handling waste on refuse vehicles. Gavin Thoday examines the latest technology and equipment available

Government needs to harness the huge potential of waste, says the CBI

CBI urges Government to adopt bold approach to waste policy

The Government needs to be more ambitious with its waste policies, according to a new report from the CBI published today (14th February).

Energy Park Peterborough, the inspiration for Lifetime Recycling Village

Lifetime Recycling joins forces with GEP to tackle landfill issue

Lifetime Recycling Ltd, a locally-run company looking to tackle the landfill problem in West Scotland, has teamed up with Green Energy Parks (GEP) to develop a recycling village and visitor centre in East Renfrewshire.

Sensory devices halt the truck when an object is detected at the rear

City of York trials safer truck technology

City Of York Council is testing new sensory technology that could reduce the risk of accidents involving the public and collection crews when its refuse vehicles are reversing.

Play safe with less haste: Timothy Bryne

The trouble with task and finish

It's about time task and finish was abolished on collection rounds - it not only puts speed before safety, but results in illegal working practices, argues Timothy Byrne

Campaign tackles accident-prone waste industry

Local authorities are being offered practical advice on how to reduce the risk of death and injury amongst their contractors working in the waste and recycling industry.

Leading from the front

With a fleet of vehicles travelling millions of miles a year, the safety of drivers and other road users is a high priority to Morrison Utility Services. Which is why it hopes its new full-time driver trainers will raise standards - and cut accidents, too.

Neglect is not worth the risk

A range of legislation affects health and safety in the water industry. Geoff Hooke, secretary general to the British Safety Industry Federation reminds employers where to direct their attention

Why concrete is 'best for 2009'

The concrete drainage industry has developed solutions that make the most appropriate answer to the challenges of 2009 and beyond, writes Andy Goring, chair of the Concrete Pipeline Systems Association (CPSA)

More than a million people took part in the clean-up operation

Oil slick destroys underwater plants

Marine life on Korea's west coast has been devastated by the oil spill that hit the region in December, according to a government report.

WaterAid brings hope to Mali

On a visit to Mali, leading figures from the water industry found out that there is a lot more to WaterAid's work than digging holes. Fiona Blake from the international charity reveals what they learned

Opposition to nuclear power in Britain has fallen since 2005, despite the Fukushima accident in 2011

British public divided on nuclear power

The amount of people now supporting the use of nuclear power in the UK is roughly the same as those opposed, according to research published today by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC).

Abbey Metals fined more than £130,000 for river pollution after fire

Abbey Metals Limited has been ordered to pay a £133,000 fine and £33,000 in costs for polluting the River Anker, following a fire at one of its operating sites in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

Ducks suffer in Russian oil spill

WWF members have accused Russian authorities of being slow to respond to an oil spill in a Moscow river.

Skilling up staff for better service delivery

Training in fields traditionally seen as unskilled may seem unnecessary, but Philip Wilson and Barbara Beasley believe a qualified workforce brings much added value

Cab capability: stepping into the future of low entry

Low entry cabs are an increasingly popular choice on RCVs as health and safety becomes a priority for drivers and crews. Mike Gerber looks at developments in this field

Boats carrying methanol catch fire in China

Four methanol-loaded vessels caught fire in Central China on Monday afternoon, according to state-owned news service Xinhua, but reports said the small amount of the toxic chemical detected in the river was "unlikely" to cause serious contamination.

Sydney must take steps to avoid an environmental meltdown

Sydney's traffic pollution could kill more people than road accidents - Lord Mayor

If Sydney does not act now to tackle pollution, poor air quality could be killing one person every four hours by 2030 - eight times the current rate for road deaths in the city.

Buncefield contamination widespread

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Future skills: where now?

As the industry's future skills and training needs are mapped out, key areas are emerging where action is required. Richard Johnson explains

Wearing a mask can send a powerful message about pollution to motorists

Masking Out City Smog

Pollution masks may not be the ultimate answer to the dirty air and disease-causing particles we breathe in every day, but they are the solution more and more people are turning to in smoggy cities like London. So are we heading for an urban future where leaving the house without protection becomes too much of a risk? Here, Elaine Curtin from pollution mask makers Respro sets out the horrors of what urban dwellers are already breathing in each day - and how a mask can help.

Opening up London's 'Blue Ribbon Network' - building freight capacity on the capital's canals

A working canal network has the potential to efficiently ship construction materials into the heart of the Eastend as London gears up for the Olympics - and perhaps more importantly, to get rid of the waste. TfL's Paul Dumble, Richard Rutter of British Waterways and Phil Wright of Peter Brett Associates considered the issues.

Fears mount over marked deviation in waste accident rates

Concerns have been voiced over a growing divergence in health and safety trends across the waste and recycling sector.

Don't be an accident waiting to happen

With an accident incident rate 63% less than the industry average, Neales Waste Management has built up an enviable reputation for health and safety. Debbie Salmon outlines how the company achieved this

Boxes or bins? The kerbside safety debate

How much of a health and safety risk do kerbside collection boxes really pose? And are wheelie bin collections a better alternative? Katie Coyne investigates

Summer deaths spark safety fears for waste workers

The waste and recycling sector is being urged to improve the safety of its workforce following a spate of deaths over the summer.

An investment not a hindrance

Chair of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH)'s Environment & Waste Management Group, Joe Taylor, looks at best practice in the water industry, and the potential impact of the Government review into UK laws

Anti-nuclear campaigners submit complaint to European Commission

New campaign group Energy Fair has submitted a formal complaint to the European Commission about subsidies for nuclear power.

WCAs urged to boost road health and safety

Health and safety experts have called for greater supervision of domestic collection rounds to minimise accidents and improve hygiene for crew members. Maxine Perella reports

Safety a priority for dangerous waste industry

Waste management companies must work with their customers and the Health and Safety Executive to reduce the rates of accidents and work-related illness in an industry plagued by death and injury, a meeting in London heard on Wednesday.

Environment Agency officers rescue woman from flood waters

A woman has been saved from flood waters in Somerset by two Environment Agency (EA) officers after fierce storms battered Britain yesterday (January 3).

Council of Irish Water Safety welcomes new members

Irish minister for the environment, community and local government Phil Hogan has announced the membership of the Council of Irish Water Safety (IWS).

Ireland calls for cross border nuclear co-operation

Ireland's environment minister has called for more cross border co-operation to prevent potential nuclear accidents.

Should composting begin at home?

Alan Knipe outlines his recent report which concludes that there a strong case for encouraging household treatment of food and garden waste

Marine life left unprotected from shipping pollution

Important environmentally sensitive areas of the UK coastline have been excluded from new Government measures aimed at protecting marine life from shipping accidents, environmentalists say.

Car 'crashworthiness' tests may cut oil and gas leaks

A computerised model designed to test what happens to cars in crashes might have radical implications for improving off sea oil and gas drilling, according to new research.

The company has improved efficiency of power use in its bottling operations and transportation

Coca-Cola Hellenic scores A+ for effort

The Athens-based Coca-Cola Hellenic makes its debut Leaders appearance thanks to its rigorous reporting and CSR activities across the 28 countries in which it operates. It is the first European food and beverage company to reach an 'A+' rating according to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for its CSR report.

The EU's crack down on air pollution continued in 2005

Pollution Monitoring & Control - review of the year 2005

Europe's vision of far-reaching legislation governing the chemicals used by industry has dominated the pollution control agenda this year but progress has been made elsewhere in the political arena, if more quietly, and 2005 has had its share major spills and other industrial accidents.

Canal transport backed to transform waste handling

A major new study undertaken for British Waterways and Transport for London has demonstrated that canals can offer a cost-effective and greener alternative to road haulage and help reduce congestion on London's roads. Waste and recyclates offer two of the areas of greatest potential for this environmentally acceptable method of waste transport.

Shipbreaking in Bangladesh. picture courtesy of Greenpeace.

Human cost of shipbreaking

A study looking at the environmental and human cost of the notorious shipbreaking industry in the developing world makes for sobering reading.

Don't forget street ironworks

Research carried out by the WRc has identified a high level of iron works failures in the UK's water and wastewater network. Consultant engineer Joanne Hulance urges a more proactive approach to these neglected assets

Recycling stars shine at annual awards

The importance of flagging up good practice, celebrating success stories and rewarding innovation have been recognised at the National Recycling Awards 2005.

Plastic bins help prevent accidents says H&S lab

Accident rates in the trade and domestic waste collection industry are four times the national average and fatalities are ten times the norm. The largest group of accidents involve manual handling. Every year, the UK economy loses 12.3 million working days due to back pain and the waste industry is one of the worst with one in four injuries resulting in musculo-skeletal disorders (MSDs) over 2003/4. Recent research by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) indicates that using lighter materials in bins can help avoid injuries

CHEM plays full role in setting health & safety standards

In the first of a regular series of features reporting on CHEM activities and initiatives, scheduled to appear in LAWE four times a year, the positive role that the Container Handling Equipment Manufacturers Association is playing in improving health and safety standards in the waste collection and recycling sector, is outlined by CHEM Technical Secretary David Buxton.

Edie environmental legislation summary (July 2005)

In this month's Semple Fraser and Edie News round-up of new policies and recent changes to legislation that will impact the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally: EU bans phthalates in toys, 13 alien invaders added to list of plants banned from Scottish wilds, Northern Ireland gets new powers to designate and protect environmentally sensitive areas, UK public sector document to become more public and much more.

Edie environmental legislation summary (May 2005)

In this month's Semple Fraser round-up of new policies and recent changes to legislation that will impact the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally: POPs, EU membership, greenhouse gas emissions trading, clean neighbourhoods, hazardous waste regulations, and much more.

Safe access to drainage

Michelle Fleming from Wavin Plastics explains how access to inspect and maintain drainage systems can be effective and safe

Looking at the hole picture

Andy Russell of WRc Utilities calculates the costs of excavations for utility streetworks and highway authority roadworks

Looking at the hole picture

Andy Russell of WRc Utilities calculates the costs of excavations for utility streetworks and highway authority roadworks

Risk As A Metric For Air Quality Standards

Mike Holland of EMRC proposes new measurements to define an 'acceptable' level of risk from air pollutants.

The insurability of ecological damage

Jürgen Busenhart, underwriting expert with insurer Swiss Re, explains the issues surrounding liability in environmental insurance

The insurability of ecological damage

Jürgen Busenhart, underwriting expert with insurer Swiss Re, explains the issues surrounding liability in environmental insurance

Industrial effluent in the 21st Century

As legislative pressure mounts on industry to reduce its effluent discharges, Emma Cowley of Aqua Enviro considers the drivers and reviews treatment options

Examining past emergencies

ALcontrol Laboratories' Clive Thompson enquires 'can we cope?'

Guidance through a risky business

Simon Pollard and Phil Longhurst of Cranfield University discuss how adopting an environmental risk assessment is becoming a necessity for industry.

Desperately seeking certification

IETG and Severn Trent Water have introduced a system that provides a turnkey solution to companies seeking IPPC certification.

Pipe dreams become reality

Jonathan Harper, sales manager for Martec, discusses the advantages of product recovery over end of pipe effluent treatment.

It's a liability

Faye Clamp says that business is right to oppose the revamped version of the Environmental Liability Directive

Proposal to prevent pollution from mining waste

Claire Monkhouse from the IEEP looks at the latest developments at the European Commission

The future looks bright on paper

Synergetic Business Solutions reports on future environmental trends, impacts, legislation and practices for the pulp and paper industry.

Tougher fine regime chosen for waste offence that ended in employee's death

Maria Cull, from law firm Herbert Smith, analyses recent court rulings relating to industry and the environment

Using radar probing in environmental surveys can help undercover liability risks associated with ground remediation

Probing technology minimises land risks

The recent use by the BBC Timeteam Series of Ground Probing Radar (GPR) for their archaeological investigations and historical sub-surface ground examinations has increased public awareness of the benefits of using GPR to locate non-metallic and metallic objects prior to any ground remediation or top soil removal for contaminated land disposal.

Cleaning up on spillage costs

Accidents will happen but Richard Proctor, sales director with Darcy Products, explains how a properly conducted risk assessment can pay dividends when fate or carelessness strikes

Shifting sands

Environmental liability can seriously threaten a company's financial health, not to mention its reputation. Financial risk management, whilst commonly used to deal with business risk, has only recently been applied to environmental risk exposure. Beverly La Ferla discovers how, through mechanisms such as insurance or self-financing, environmental risk can be effectively managed and minimised.

Guardsman is designed to reduce the risk of falling

The cost of securing access

Why access cover design can be a major influence on chamber safety

The rain on planes

Major airport developments create large expanses of impermeable surfaces where, generally, natural catchments previously existed. Consequently, run-off increases both in quantity and in rate. David Hayward and Richard Barnard, directors of process and environmental management consultants Ashact Ltd, take off in search of contamination sources.

The Mr Motivator guide to safer sites

Motivating the workforce has been the key to some award-winning health and safety projects, as Carillion Construction¹s H&S advisor Robert Hartland explains

A diluted role for health and safety managers?

There is an increasing trend in industry for health and safety officers to take on responsibility for environmental matters. We assess whether the water industry is following suit, and look at the causes and implications.

Will the developing world face a Y2K disaster?

With reports streaming in assuring us that water companies and utilities in the western world are Y2K compliant, attention has turned to the developing world where preparation by water utilities has been patchier. In the second part of World Water's Millennium Bug report, Erin Gill asks if it's a case of too little, too late...

A new framework for control

The IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control) Directive was adopted by the EU Council of Ministers in September 1996. It takes effect from October this year for new-build installations, with a phase-in period up to 2007 for existing facilities. In the first of three reports examining the Directive, UK implementation and the impact on industry, IEM talks to Peter Wicks of the European Commission's DG XI.

Down by the Waterside: Kingston Voiceware's early warning system, which it believes could be invaluable to a broad range of organisations, allows people to take action to protect themselves and their property - before it is too late.

Need to know basis

In Easter this year, the lives of tens of thousands of East Anglian people were dramatically affected by the worst flooding this century. If only they could have seen it coming…

South West Water's Hayle Sewage Treatment Plant

Pulling the plug on accidents and ill health

Increased awareness and training has also dramatically reduced the number of accidents in South West Water. In 1996 the company also made an extra £1 million in profits due to a comprehensive health and safety management system, explains Brenda Lee Browne of the British Safety Council (BSC).

safe working procedures must be followed in confined spaces

Working and training for confined spaces

It is not always easy to identify what constitutes a confined space. It is often the process that takes place in that area and the surrounding environment that creates the hazards within the confined space reports Tina Lillington of WTI.

Health and safety partnerships are the key

David Left, head of Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE’s) Utilities National Interest Group (UNIG), explains the importance of partnerships.

IUCN propose measures to prevent future oil spills

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) National Committee of Pakistan has published nine specific actions to avoid any further accidents such as the oil spill following the grounding of the Tasman Spirit off the coast of Karachi.

New study: Power lines do not cause childhood leukaemia

A study published this week in the British Journal of Cancer casts doubt over claims that magnetic fields produced by power lines and electrical appliances can lead to childhood leukaemia.

Tougher rules for industrial risks still needed, says committee

The EU’s parliamentary environment committee has voted to retable a series of amendments intended to toughen up the bloc’s Seveso directive on preventing major industrial accidents.

MEPs approve greener rules on environmental liability

The European Parliament voted in favour of a more environmentally friendly version of the EU’s draft directive on environmental liability this week – a move that was greeted with jubilation by Socialist and Green MEPs.

European Parliament committee demands action to prevent major industrial accidents

Following a number of high profile industrial accidents that have killed and injured people and seriously damaged the environment, the European Parliament’s Environment Committee is demanding action to prevent industrial accidents in sensitive areas.

Political agreement reached on public participation on environmental decision-making

The European Commission has welcomed a political agreement settled this week by the Environment Council regarding the proposal for a directive on public participation in the preparation of environmental plans, programmes and projects with significant environmental impacts.

Parliament calls for much stricter directive after French explosion

The European Parliament has called for a directive governing the prevention of major industrial accidents which is due for revision, to be made far stricter following the recent explosion of a French chemicals factory which killed 29 and setting it on collision course with the EU’s Environment Commissioner.

The Black Sea city of Odessa is Ukraine's premier resort city

Eighty-nine percent of the Black Sea contaminated

A study of the Black Sea has revealed that 89% of its waters are contaminated, and the main source of the pollution has been revealed as the River Danube.

New report reveals energy deregulation will not necessarily cause nuclear danger

Research into the effects of deregulation in a number of industries has concluded that there need not be excessive fear of nuclear accidents from similar restructuring of the energy industry, and that this could even bring about improvements.

Environment Agency launches new labelling scheme for ‘non-hazardous’ pollutants

The Environment Agency has launched a new labelling scheme designed to identify substances in transit which are classified as ‘non-hazardous’, but which can cause some of the worst pollution incidents.

Think-tank challenges London mayor to introduce clean buses over shock death figures

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has called on Ken Livingston to introduce hydrogen buses across London to combat deaths from traffic pollution which now far outnumber road accidents.

Car manufacturer launches think before you drive campaign

UK car manufacturer, KIA, has become the first motor company to acknowledge the need to change attitudes to car use by launching its environmental and social campaign, ‘Think Before You Drive’.

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