ENDS Report Issue 286, November 1998

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Bulletin

  • Quarry firms fight tax plans

    Proposals to head off a tax on aggregates were unveiled by the quarrying industry in November. But can the industry convince Ministers that it can stimulate recycling?

  • Secrecy on GM breaches

    The Health and Safety Executive has refused to disclose the identity of companies which have breached their consents to release genetically modified (GM) crops

  • Growth in ISO14001 uptake

    More than 700 UK organisations have now been certified to the international environmental management standard ISO14001

Waste management

  • Packaging waste exports

    The UK is exporting growing volumes of waste plastics for recycling to satisfy obligations under the packaging regime

Marketplace

  • Phthalates ban re-emerges

    Fresh impetus for a ban on phthalates has been delivered by an EC scientific committee which found cause for concern

Policy

Parliament

  • Pollution control Bill

    A new environment Bill whose main purpose is to implement the EC Directive on integrated pollution prevention and control has been introduced into Parliament

UK policy

EU policy

Features

  • IPC challenge to Agency

    Bitter litigation between the Environment Agency and recycling firm Petrus Oils could have wide enforcement policy repercussions

  • Environmental standards

    Traditional ways of setting environmental standards no longer command public confidence, the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution has concluded

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