ENDS Report Issue 289, February 1999

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Bulletin

  • Tioxide spill hits SSSI

    A major acid leak from Tioxide’s works on Teesside has polluted a nature reserve - and revived concerns over the environmental record of companies in the ICI group

  • Moves to revise ISO14001

    Mandatory reporting and greater emphasis on improving environmental performance will be key issues in the revision of the environmental management standard ISO14001

Marketplace

  • Certificates for green power

    The Energy Saving Trust is to set up an accreditation scheme for “green electricity” - as UK and Dutch businesses seek to set up a controversial trade in “green certificates”

Policy

Parliament

  • Rough ride for IPPC Bill

    Wide-ranging powers in the Pollution Prevention and Control Bill have been savagely criticised in the House of Lords

UK policy

  • Agency victory on water

    Water regulator Ofwat’s bid to cut water bills at the expense of environmental improvements has been dashed by the Government

EU policy

  • DGXI move on waste recovery

    The European Commission’s plans to redefine incineration of mixed municipal wastes as disposal rather than recovery could push packaging recovery targets out of reach

International

  • Tough bathing water limits

    Stringent guidelines on bathing water quality agreed by the World Health Organization are likely to lead to tougher EC standards

Features

  • Landfill tax pitfalls

    Waste management firms are diverting part of their landfill tax liabilities into environmental projects - with some controversial results

  • Storm on GM crops

    A battle is brewing in Whitehall over when to allow commercial releases of genetically modified crops - and how to make regulatory systems more responsive to public concerns

  • Problems on packaging

    The UK seems certain to miss EC targets for packaging recovery - and the Government’s market-based approach is under fire

  • Risk assessment at the frontiers of science

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