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The Agency has warned that a planned statutory code of conduct could hinder some investigations.
Some waste incinerators and cement kilns could be emitting far more dioxin than expected.
NGOs feel sidelined from new European Alliance for Corporate Social Responsibility.
Existing and planned biofuels capacity will produce less than half the amount required.
The Environment Agency is planning to introduce a risk-based approach to regulating discharges from sewage treatment works.
Greenpeace has attacked McDonald's and its supplier Cargill for allegedly fuelling rainforest destruction in the Amazon through its need for soya as animal feed. Not one of 30 supermarket chains and food outlets was apparently able to confirm that it knew for certain its soya did not come from the Amazon.
More local authorities could be using mechanical-biological treatment (MBT) for residual waste by 2010, but barriers are stalling growth.
Canadian researchers have found that stain repellents, polishes and car windscreen wash contain volatile perfluorinated contaminants that are likely to be a source of human exposure and environmental contamination.
Wal-Mart is developing plans to tackle its environmental impacts.
The Environment Agency's roll-out of compliance assessment plans could reveal site management flaws.
Action to improve the application of contaminated land rules is a must to revitalise activity in the field.
The government has abdicated its leadership role in the EU emissions trading scheme and is waiting to see the emission cuts set by other member states before setting a UK cap for the second phase. The draft national allocation plan (NAP) reveals that between 2% and 10% of allowances for 2008-2012 will be auctioned and, as in phase 1, electricity generators will bear the brunt of the emissions reductions.
A promise to issue proposals on providing councils with legal powers to charge for household waste collection is included in the revised Northern Ireland waste strategy issued by the Department of the Environment on 30 March.1
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