Day: 5 March 1999
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.
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.
New dawn in water pollution control
The Government's new Pollution Prevention and Control Bill to enact the EC directive on Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) could herald a new dawn in water pollution control if, but only if, the emissions standards reflect what technology can achieve.
Australia lags behind on environmental reporting
Australian companies are lagging behind international standards on environmental reporting, with few companies reporting publicly and plenty of room for improvement among those that do, according to a recent benchmarking report, by Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation (SMEC).
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