Day: 30 November 2001
European Commission criticised for inability to guarantee nuclear safety standards
A controversial report on possible toxic effects from nuclear reprocessing at Sellafield and La Hague points the finger at the European Commission for failing to verify the accuracy of safety data. The political and environmental debate over nuclear reprocessing is set to continue, as the report concludes that the European Commission cannot ‘guarantee’ that standards are being met.
Canadian electricity generating company to reduce smog-causing agents by 80%
Ontario based company Ontario Power Generation (OPG) have announced plans to begin a CA$200million project to reduce its emission of smog causing agents by 80%. They plan to install four Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) units in their Nanticoke and Lambton coal-fired generating stations, effectively diminishing nitrogen oxide by 12,000 tonnes per year – the equivalent of taking 600,000 cars off the road.
Hawaii’s waters are more polluted than previously thought
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now admitting that there are 30 coastal waters and 81 streams in the state of Hawaii that show evidence of impairment by pollutants such as sediment, nutrients, bacteria, and litter, increasing the organisation’s previous estimate of polluted waters by 480%.
South African Government bans plastic carrier bags
The South African Government is toughening up on pollution with the approval by Cabinet of two new moves – one to ban off-road vehicles on beaches and the second to prohibit the use of plastic carrier bags, and is looking into compulsory recycling of construction rubble and tyres.
European Commission may force changes to UK emission trading
The European Commission has approved the UK scheme for trading in greenhouse gases, which is due to start in February 2002. However, as the UK scheme has some significant differences to the proposed European scheme, when the latter scheme comes in to force in 2005 Europe may force the UK scheme to become compatible.
New government report reveals 75% of local authorities are failing to monitor air pollution
Ten years on from the introduction of the Local Authority Pollution Control regime, 75% of local authorities are failing to adequately inspect polluting processes, according to a new report published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
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