Day: 5 January 2001
Electric utility to pay $1.4 billion for Clean Air Act violations
As part of an on-going drive to halt illegal air pollution from coal-fired power plants, the US Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency have announced the settlement of a massive $1.4billion (£0.93 billion) lawsuit with Cincinnati-based electric utility Cinergy Corporation. The enforcement action is the largest ever taken by the EPA under the US’s Clean Air Act.
Desertification conference calls for attention to situation in Central and Eastern Europe
Specific attention should be devoted to countries in Central and Eastern Europe affected by desertification and drought, particularly in the light of their problems and challenges, according to delegates at an international conference in desertification.
Swedish presidency plans ambitious agenda for environmental legislation
This week Sweden has taken over the presidency of the European Union for the first time, promising special attention to the environment, employment, and EU enlargement, and setting out an ambition of reaching agreement on a possible eight new environmental laws.
European Commission proposes to fine UK for poor state of beaches
The European Commission is referring the United Kingdom to the European Court of Justice over the state of two beaches in the North West of England, and is proposing to impose a fine of EUR 106,800 (£67,700) per day for failure to comply with the Bathing Water Directive.
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