Month: May 2005
Edie environmental case law update (May 2005)
In this month's Semple Fraser and Edie News update of legal cases to impact the environmental industry sector in the UK, Europe and Internationally: UK nuclear case dismissed, Netherlands fails Wild Birds Directive, Greece fails to protect groundwater, Italy breaches waste rules, and Ireland receives 12 EU waste complaints.
Another PM10 case rejected in Germany
Following last months story on how Berlin was to be brought before the Courts by German environmental group Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH), who were supporting a case to be taken against the city of Berlin to force it to comply with EU limits on fine particulate (PM10) air pollution, which took effect earlier this year, a similar case has since been rejected by the Munich administrative court.
Commerical waste charges: R (on the application of Western Riverside Waste Authority) v Wandsworth BC
A judicial review was brought before the High Court of Justice on 7 April 2005. The Western Riverside Waste Authority sought judicial review of a decision by Wandsworth Borough Council relating to the fixing and publication of a tariff of charges for the collection of commercial waste from commercial organisations situated in Wandsworth.
PPC permit application: R (on the application of Edwards) v Environment Agency and others
Judgement was given in the case of R (on the application of Edwards) v The Environment Agency on 19 April 2005. The case concerned an application made to the Environment Agency (EA) for a Pollution Prevention Control (PPC) permit on 21 August 2001 for a cement-making works in Rugby, England, which planned to burn chipped waste tyres.
Working towards sustainable forests
Over the past decade the preservation and management of the world's forests has become an increasingly high-priority issue. Illegal logging, deforestation, conflict timber, conversion of old-growth forest to monoculture plantation - Nick Cliffe of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) explains how the list of problems keeps growing.
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