Edie environmental case law update (April 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: France breaks international waste laws; Belgium fails the Nitrates Directive; Turkey's human rights record is questioned after an explosion at a rubbish tip; and the US flaunts international waste laws and exports ghost ships to the UK.
· Austria fails to provide report on sulphur content of fuels
· Finland misses deadline for maritime safety law
· France in breach of waste tip operating rules
· Germany found in breach of EIA Directive over two road building projects.
· Belgium found to be in breach of Nitrates Directive
European Court of Human Rights Case Law
· Death caused by methane explosion at municipal rubbish tip
· Authorities decision to issue mining permit violated Article 8 of Human Rights Convention
UK Case law
· Timber waste to wood chip is exempt from waste licensing regime
Other Members States Case Law
· Berlin to be brought before the Courts regarding PM10
American Case law
· MARAD allows export of nine more 'ghost ships' to the UK