Month: July 2000
European Commission takes action against Italy and Ireland
The European Commission is taking action against Italy and Ireland for failure to respond to Commission queries on environmental complaints. A second warning letter is being sent to these Member States, reflecting the Commission’s concern that it is not receiving the usual degree of co-operation it expects.
US Government selects forty toxic waste sites to develop for community use
The Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Carol M. Browner, announced on Thursday that forty of the nation’s worst hazardous waste sites would be awarded $4 million to help put them into “productive, economically viable use."
EPA left chromium hazard report unpublished for five years
A Washington pressure group has used the Freedom of Information Act to release a five year old Environmental Protection Agency & Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health report into the hazards of hexavalent chromium. The study showed lung cancer rates almost doubled in plant workers exposed to the chemical.
Packaging waste has decreased by a third, says industry association
New statistics have revealed as false the commonly held notion of an increasing European mountain of packaging waste. According to the packaging industry association, The European Organisation for Packaging and the Environment (EUROPEN), the amount of packaging going to final disposal is decreasing sharply.
New environmental ombudsman centre begins work this month
A new centre for mediation and advice on environmental and sustainable development issues is beginning work this month. The new International Ombudsman Centre for the Environment and Development (OmCED) is being established in response to problems brought about by globalisation.
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