ENDS Report Issue 300, January 2000

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Bulletin

  • Traffic and air quality scrap

    DETR Ministers appear at odds over a new report which claims that the health effects of traffic pollution have been exaggerated

  • ‘Responsible Care’ beefed up

    The Chemical Industries Association is to extend its Responsible Care scheme through self-assessment and voluntary certification of firms’ environmental performance

  • Water firms turn pipe police

    Controversial new rules on “common carriage” will force water companies to oversee the activities of their competitors

  • World Bank’s carbon fund

    The World Bank has boosted carbon trading by launching a fund to encourage investment in greenhouse gas abatement

Marketplace

  • Suspect millennium products

    A Government scheme to promote innovative millennium products includes some with dubious “green” credentials

Policy

Parliament

  • Agency inquiry closes

    The Environment Agency’s new chairman Sir John Harman impressed the House of Commons inquiry at its final session, but was criticised by MPs for a lack of vision.

UK policy

  • CHP and the climate levy

    The Environment Agency’s new chairman Sir John Harman impressed the House of Commons inquiry at its final session, but was criticised by MPs for a lack of vision.

  • IPPC for offshore operators

    The Environment Agency’s new chairman Sir John Harman impressed the House of Commons inquiry at its final session, but was criticised by MPs for a lack of vision.

Features

  • Bio-plastics hit the big time

    Cargill Dow Polymers says sustainability is the key in its plans to bring plastics made from plants to the mass market

  • Onyx’s waste offences

    Onyx faces penalties totalling £378,000 from prosecutions which have highlighted the need for waste companies to insulate technical operations from commercial pressures

  • Contaminated land squabble

    The Environment Agency’s role in land remediation has been thrown into doubt after a local authority ignored its advice over clean-up of brownfield land

  • Agency’s management flaws

    A recent employment tribunal exposed flaws in the Agency’s personnel management likely to demotivate its most dedicated staff

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