Day: 21 September 2001
Fallout from US attacks no longer poses public health risk
Fears that the massive dust pall created by the devastation of buildings and aircraft in 11 September’s terrorist attacks would introduce asbestos and other harmful substances into the local air and water supplies, are now receding with the publication of monitoring results by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Dutch green policies keep targets on track
Green policies in the Netherlands are beginning to bite with particular success in the reduction of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, and inputs of agricultural nitrates, according to the latest annual survey by the national environmental research agency, RIVM.
EU places tighter eco-labelling on four more product groups
Personal and portable computers, dishwashers and soil improvers are the latest product groups to complete the EU’s current revision of criteria for eco-labelling, while paints and varnishes will continue with existing criteria for another 18 months until June 2003.
Environmentalists call on European Commission to drop biofuels proposal
Europe’s largest network of environmental NGOs, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) has called on the European Commission to scrap its recent proposals to boost the consumption of biofuels for transport in Europe, saying that they could do far more harm than good.
UK business faces increased targets for packaging recovery
Proposals to increase the 2002 targets for recovery of packaging waste by UK businesses have been published, preparing the UK’s ground for an expected major hike of European targets when the current revision of the EC Packaging and Packaging Waste directive is announced.
Mayor says it will be very difficult for London to meet air standards and launches his own strategy
Transport curbing pledges form a central platform in The Mayor’s Draft Air Quality Strategy, for which Ken Livingstone wants as many public opinions as possible. However the Mayor recognises that “meeting the objectives in London will be very difficult”.
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