Day: 30 June 2000
Electroscrap directive split into three
The draft EU legislation on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) has finally been proposed, with Member States expected to collect a minimum of four kilograms of waste per person per year, whilst manufacturers will be expected to pay for 50-80% of waste to be recycled or reused.
Highland Laird Al Fayed to sue MAFF over GM rape seed contamination blunder
Mohamed El Fayed is taking legal action against MAFF for ‘deliberate criminal negligence’ over its delay in announcing that batches of conventional oilseed rape marketed for planting in the UK contained GM. The multi-millionaire owns Balnagown, a Highland estate where 55 acres were unwittingly planted with contaminated oil seed rape at the beginning of May.
Petroleum spills cleaned up by plants
The Environmental Protection Agency and industry researchers are using plants to clean up at petroleum spills at sites across the US. The techniques, developed by research team at Purdue University, Indiana are proving efficient and cost effective in breaking down soil pollutants.
Clean bill of health for biodiesel
It was announced on Capitol Hill last week that biodiesel – an alternative fuel made from renewable resources, such as soya bean oil – has become the first and only alternative fuel to have successfully completed the health effects testing requirements of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.
Meacher cracks down on poor waste sites
Poorly managed waste sites will get more inspections under a new risk-based system, according to UK environment minister Michael Meacher. In future, poor performers will also pay higher charges until they improve. Better managed sites will get fewer inspections, a minimum of four a year, and lower charges.
Canada and Chile step up environmental co-operation
The Council of the Canada-Chile Commission for Environmental Co-operation meeting in Ottawa announced on 27 June agreement to broaden the scope of joint projects. This will build on initiatives that the two countries have been collaborating on over the past two years.
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