ENDS Report Issue 364, May 2005

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Bulletin

  • SEPA flexes on air quality

    SEPA is pressuring a local authority to declare an air quality management area close to BP's Grangemouth refinery due to high SO2 levels

  • BP moves on carbon capture

    Oil giant BP is moving ahead with plans to capture CO2 from an onshore power plant and inject it in a North Sea oil field

  • Agency crackdown on crime

    The Environment Agency is planning to focus its enforcement activity on "big, bad and nasty" organised crime

Waste management

  • Landfill permit bottle-neck

    More than a quarter of early applications for non-hazardous landfill permits have been refused by the Environment Agency

  • FDG threatens gypsum glut

    New flue-gas desulphurisation plant at power stations will hugely increase gypsum supplies and may threaten plasterboard recycling

Marketplace

  • Biodiesel subsidy under fire

    Oleochemical manufacturers want an end to biodiesel subsidies which they say are driving them to less sustainable oil-based feedstocks

Policy

UK policy

  • Waste deadline looms

    Waste producers are struggling to meet sampling and testing rules as new guidance is published by the Environment Agency

  • EHOs pan odour guidance

    Environmental health officers and key local authorities have condemned draft guidance on sewage odours as "fundamentally flawed"

EU policy

  • REACH impacts ‘manageable’

    An industry analysis of the EU REACH proposals has downplayed fears on product withdrawals and impacts on downstream users

Features

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