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The first safety reports submitted by companies under the new COMAH legislation on accident prevention display a lack of understanding of the new rules, regulators say
Steep increases in chemicals output have pushed carbon dioxide emissions from European chemical firms above 1990 levels - negating progress on energy efficiency
Businesses obligated under the packaging regulations look set to meet recovery targets for both 1999 and 2000 - but compliance in 2001 still looks unlikely
Mattel, the world’s largest toy manufacturer, is investigating the use of plastics made from non-petrochemical sources - a move driven by the row over phthalates in PVC toys
The Government has set out ideas for using a £150 million fund from the climate change levy to support energy-saving technologies and emerging sources of renewable energy
The Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions is embarking on a fundamental review of BATNEEC for processes under local air pollution control
The managing director of a chemical firm has been fined and disqualified from acting as a director for running a process without an integrated pollution control authorisation
Given its environmental exposure, the waste industry has been surprisingly slow to pursue certified environmental management systems, but the picture is now changing
The Government’s chemicals strategy, published in December, relies heavily on voluntary co-operation from industry
The breakdown of the World Trade Organisation talks in Seattle has left in limbo efforts to integrate environmental issues into the trading system
The managing director of an Essex chemical company has been fined £2,500 and disqualified as a director for four years after operating a process without an integrated pollution control (IPC) authorisation. The breach came to light following an incident which endangered employees and caused a significant quantity of mercury to escape to controlled waters.
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