Day: 5 March 1999
Water companies must improve environment and reduce bills
Environment minister Michael Meacher has told water companies and their regulators that water quality improvement programmes, costing around £8 billion, must be included in their business plans for the years 2000 to 2005 and they must also significantly reduce customers' water bills.
Aviation authority tightens aircraft emissions standards
Tighter emissions limits on new aircraft engine emissions will take effect in 185 countries by 2004, says the International Civil Aviation Organisation. Nox emissions limits are to be cut by 16%. This limit will only apply to new engines, but many manufacturers are already meeting it.
New report challenges Government advice on GM crop contamination
Evidence that pollen from genetically modified crops can cause cross-fertilisation over distances considerably greater than the Government's advised 200m separation zone has emerged in a new report commissioned by the Soil Association.
Leaked Cabinet Office memo questions Govt line on GM foods
A Cabinet Office memo leaked to Friends of the Earth this week reveals the Government has commissioned a report on the health effects of GM food, from the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser, and shows that the Government lacks answers to a number of key GM policy questions.
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