Day: 31 August 2001
EU’s waste water directive could threaten coastal wildlife
The European Union’s stringent Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive is rapidly reducing nutrients being deposited into coastal areas, cutting the numbers of molluscs and worms in these areas, which could result in starvation for coastal birds, reports The Economist magazine.
The Environment Agency has decided to approve waste disposal from nine nuclear facilities
Following public consultation, the Environment Agency has published its recommendations to largely approve British Nuclear Fuel’s (BNFL’s) application for permission to dispose of waste from eight Magnox nuclear power stations around the UK, and from the research and technology facility at Berkeley Centre.
Vinyl flooring, vinyl wallpaper and PVC gloves contain large quantities of the biocide tributyltin (TBT)
A new investigation by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) means that yet another source of the total environmental loading from TBT has been identified in the form of vinyl flooring, vinyl wallpaper and PVC gloves.
Small to medium-sized companies have poor perception of environmentally-friendly vehicles
Only 14% of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are considering using so-called environmentally-friendly vehicles as part of their fleet over the next three years, and a mere 3% have any now, according to a new survey.
Conservative leadership candidates spare a thought for the environment
Both of the final candidates in the Conservative party leadership election have announced that they believe in the importance of environmental issues, with Kenneth Clarke promising a commission designed to produce new and radical solutions to environmental problems, and Iain Duncan Smith calling for greater encouragement of public participation in environmental protection.
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