Day: 28 July 2000
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.
NGO’s believe new noise directive should be tougher
Two environmental NGO’s have welcomed the European Commission’s proposal for a Framework Directive on noise, but criticise it for being insufficiently tough. The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and The Federation of Transport and Environment (T&E) say that the directive has failed to provide noise limit values, and it must broaden its scope to include all people suffering from noise pollution.
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.
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.
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