ENDS Report Issue 302, March 2000

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Bulletin

  • Reporting on the environment

    Utilities are best at environmental reporting according to two consultancy reports. But the IT sector and banks are falling behind

  • Warning on chemicals

    Medical specialists urge that public exposure to chemicals should be cut to reduce the risks of multiple chemical sensitivity and other allergic diseases.

  • Oil refinery pollution review

    Huge investment in pollution control in oil refineries is likely to be required, according to report for the Environment Agency

Waste management

  • IT recycling challenge

    A report for the waste industry has found that increased recycling of electronic goods will be needed to meet EC targets.

Marketplace

  • Newspaper’s carbon claims

    The Independent on Sunday’s campaign encouraging people to become “carbon neutral” through tree planting has been criticised by environmentalists

Policy

Parliament

  • Agency twists knife in BNFL

    The Environment Agency has told a parliamentary inquiry that poor management and business pressure undermined the environmental performance of beleagered BNFL

UK policy

  • Dawn for polluted land regime

    The new regime on contaminated land is being marked by a stand-off between the Environment Agency and the DETR over guidance to local authorities

  • Boost for biomass energy

    The Ministry of Agriculture proposes to spend £30 million supporting energy crops, but the industry needs more to secure its future

Features

  • Budget round-up

    Chancellor Gordon Brown gave the go-ahead for a tax on aggregates in his Budget in March, and ushered in changes to fuel and vehicle duties and company car taxation

  • Trading in carbon in Europe

    A European Commission Green Paper has kick-started a debate on EC involvement in emissions trading in greenhouse gases

  • Blair bows to farm lobby

    Prime Minister Tony Blair has ordered the rolling back of environmental regulation in farming on several fronts - including pesticides, nitrates, waste and pollution control

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