10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week: Clinical waste stockpiled across England, Illegal air pollution to continue another ten years, IPCC warns only 12 years left to limit global warming, Gove fails to meet EU environment ministers, DEFRA wants household waste resold at dumps, EA to change how it assesses permit compliance…

Clinical waste
Clinical waste and body parts were building up but the EA denies there is insufficient incineration capacity

Clinical waste stockpiled as contractor fails NHS

15 NHS trusts have terminated their contracts with a waste contractor after clinical waste from hospitals was found to have been stockpiled at its sites, the government has announced. Healthcare Environmental Services (HES), which operates six sites across England, had been found in breach of environmental permits at four sites by keeping more waste than its permits allows and storing it inappropriately. The Environment Agency (EA) is taking enforcement action and launching a criminal investigation. MORE

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