Day: 1 July 1999
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.
The liabilities of the land
Liberty Legal Indemnities (LLI), a subsidiary of the Lloyd's managing agency Liberty Syndicate Management (LSM), has launched Landpro, a new scheme that can protect policy holders against new liabilities arising in respect of contaminated land that has been remediated. The concept has been developed by LSM in conjunction with BCD Underwriting Agency and follows the Government's environmental liability legislation set out under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
KEECO wraps up heavy metals
KEECO (Klean Earth Environ-mental Company) is a relatively young environmental company specialising in the provision of a unique Silica Micro Encapsulation (SME) treatment process for the remediation of liquid and solid wastes contaminated by heavy metals or radionuclides.
Belgian technology targets UK
OVAM, the Flemish equivalent of the UK's Environment Agency, was first given powers to enforce clean-up of contaminated sites by a Parliamentary Waste Decree of 1981. In the UK, by contrast, similar powers will only come into force with the implementation of Part IIA of the 1990 Environmental Protection Act - due this Summer. In short? The Belgians are coming.
CLAIRE in the community
There is increasing pressure to remediate and re-use the UK's estimated 200,000 hectares of contaminated land in the UK for housing and other developments. At the current rate of progress, however, the clean-up of these sites could take 200 years to achieve, at a cost of some £20 billion. CLAIRE (Contaminated Land Applications In Real Environments) has been established to encourage research, practical demonstrations and applications of remediation technologies to clean up contaminated land. Chief executive Paul Beck lays the foundations.
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