Month: July 1999
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Greens/Regionalists form new parliamentary group
The Greens and the Members of the European Free Alliance (EFA) this week announced the formation of a new political group in the European Parliament. The new group will be called "The Greens/ European Free Alliance" and will be, with 47 MEPs, the fourth largest political force in the European Parliament close behind the Liberals with 51 MEPs. Thirty-eight MEPs belong to the Greens, nine to the EFA.
Commission enforcement blitz continues
The European Commission this week continued to announce legal enforcement procedures against member states for failure to comply with environmental legislation. This week's cases concern: PCBs; waste management plans; asbestos; Freedom of access to information on the environment; chemicals; air pollution directives; Drinking Water Directive; failure to provide environmental reports; waste management failures; and bathing water.
MAFF uses new method to assess food risks to human health
A project into risks to human health from foods will include some use of probabilistic modelling. This form of risk assessment is thought to provide more realistic results and to offer transparency regarding which factors are taken into consideration when assessing risks.
Plan to overhaul management of Florida’s water resources
Profound changes to the management of water resources in central and southern Florida have been proposed. They include increasing water supply to the Everglades National Park, reducing freshwater loss to oceans and improvements in water quality to a region totalling 18,000 square miles.
UK Landfill Tax set too low to reduce waste
A House of Commons select committee report says that the Landfill Tax, introduced in 1996, was set at too low a level to change waste disposal patterns. The report supports the principle of environmental taxes, but identifies lessons to be learnt from the Landfill Tax.
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