ENDS Report Issue 288, January 1999

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  • Chemicals in recycled board

    Packaging made from recycled board appears to be contaminating food with solvents - but little or no data is available on the potential risks to health

  • Sewage and greenhouse gas

    Rivers contaminated with sewage effluent and run-off from farmland may be major sources of the potent greenhouse gas nitrous oxide, according to a US study

Waste management

  • Packaging compliance costs

    Costs of complying with the packaging regulations have been found to vary greatly between different compliance schemes


  • Renewed interest in LCA

    Industry and the Government are showing increasing interest in life-cycle assessment - backed by a new set of ISO standards



  • Setback for IPPC Bill

    A House of Lords Committee has launched a strong attack on plans to give Ministers broad regulation-making powers under the Pollution Prevention and Control Bill

  • Tougher packaging targets

    The Government has set tougher targets for recovery and recycling of packaging waste, backed by moves to improve enforcement

  • Row over GM crops report

    A House of Lords report on genetically modified crops was presented as offering support for the technology - but some Committee members have rejected this view

UK policy

  • Setback on groundwater

    Lack of funds may prevent the Environment Agency from identifying farms and industrial sites which pose serious pollution risks

EU policy

  • Clean air for Europe

    The European Commission has called for all the EC’s air pollution control programmes to be integrated into a single strategy


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