ENDS Report Issue 296, September 1999

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  • Competition and water quality

    Water companies have voiced fears that Ofwat's plans to require them to share drinking water mains could compromise the quality and consistency of supplies.

  • Air quality and transport

    The air quality target for fine particulates - which the Government is planning to scrap - could be met by concerted action on traffic pollution, according to a report for the DETR

  • Slow progress on renewables

    Output from renewable energy and combined heat and power plants is growing - but far too slowly to meet Government targets

Waste management

  • Cement firm's waste move

    Castle Cement's purchase of two solvent recovery businesses underlines its determination to burn a variety of wastes as fuel

  • New wave of incinerators

    A revival of interest in municipal waste-to-energy schemes has led to a large number of developers seeking planning permission


  • New threat on detergents

    Denmark and Sweden have taken steps to discourage use of LAS, a key ingredient in many detergents - and the UK may come under pressure to follow suit


UK policy

  • Fees to rise 20% under IPPC

    The Environment Agency wants to increase regulatory fees by up to 20% to cover its increased workload under the IPPC regime

EU policy

  • New European Commission

    The new European Commissioners have set out their plans for environmental policy - and early tensions over the proposed EC energy tax and nuclear power are already apparent


  • Corporate Sustainability

    Most executives in a recent international survey believed their companies could extract value by moving towards sustainability

  • Waste and public perception

    The waste management industry faces pressure to emerge from its shell and explore ways of communicating with the public

  • LCA on electrical waste

    Recycling targets under the draft EC Directive on waste electrical equipment would reduce overall environmental impacts and may be cost-effective, according to new DTI study

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