The release of statistics flagging up London as one of the worst recyclers in the country have led to high profile figures leaping to the capital's defence - and going for the throat.
While Europe's efforts to implement coherent chemicals regulation within its borders have often looked like a battle of environmental concerns against those of industry the new-look rules might actually be good for business too.
Views are now being sought on whether setting limits on water charges once every five years is the best way to move forward.
Officials in the West Midlands are trying to engage the typical 'man in the street' to seek his views on air pollution and what might be done to reduce the problem.
The Irish Government has been granted a few weeks' grace in implementing key European guidelines designed to protect the water supply from agricultural pollution.
More new homes than ever before are being built on previously-developed sites as the Government continues its push for brownfield land use.
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