Month: July 2000
European Commission announces legal action against four countries over environmental standards
France, Greece, Spain and Luxembourg face legal action by the European Commission over either failure to apply EU standards on waste disposal, breaching environmental impact rules on new projects, or both.
Continuing pollution by businesses is marring environmental gains, says EA
The Environment Agency’s (EA) figures for industrial pollution during 1999, published on 26 July, show that although environmental regulation is cutting thousands of tonnes of damaging emissions, the continuing pollution by businesses across England and Wales is marring environmental gains.
Ofwat refuses Kelda’s proposals to restructure Yorkshire water
Sir Ian Byatt, the Director General of Ofwat, said on 25 July that as they stand, Kelda's proposals to separate the ownership of the assets from their operations fail to address important issues and so cannot receive regulatory approval.
EC to take UK, Sweden and Spain to Court over bathing water quality
The European Commission (EC) is to take the United Kingdom and Sweden to the Court of Justice for poor bathing water quality, and has sent a second warning letter to Spain for failure to conform to the judgement of the European Court of Justice regarding a number of inshore bathing waters.
Two oil giants agree to cut US air emissions by almost 60,000 tonnes annually
Two of the US’s largest petroleum refiners - British Petroleum and the Koch Petroleum Group, have agreed to spend almost $600 million on eliminating almost 60,000 tonnes of nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide and other emissions.
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