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Recent changes to Licensing regulations - Is your business registered as a Waste Carrier yet, Register as a waste carrier, broker or dealer - Waste carriers update

Do you transport waste generated by your own business activities? You will now need to register as a waste carrier (lower tier). From January 2014, you have to register as a waste carrier, even if you only transport waste as part of your business. You can be fined up to £5,000 if you don't register. Find a registered waste carrier to move your waste Now you can register as a waste carrier for FREE as a professional carrier of waste if you transport waste only as part of your own business (and it is not construction or demolition waste)... read more

UK: Thousands of flood defences across the South East coastline have been inspected and repaired by the Environment Agency., The Environment Agency has worked closely with the Ministry of Defences and contractors to stabilise the beach and repair the damage.

Flood defences have been checked for damage and any repairs and maintenance that may be needed. Some of the worst hit flood assets were found along the South Coast, where flood defences were seriously put to the test. The tidal surge in December, combining high spring tides with a coastal surge, resulted in significant waves hitting the coastline. This put a large amount of pressure on coastal defences stretching from North Kent right around the south coast and across to Hampshire... read more

USA: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Proposes Plan to Remove Toxic Sediment from the Passaic River, Largest Cleanup in EPA History Will Protect People's Health and Create Jobs

In an historic action that will protect people's health and the environment, and benefit riverfront communities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, on April 11, 2014, proposed a plan to remove 4.3 million cubic yards of highly contaminated sediment from the lower eight miles of the Passaic River in New Jersey. The sediment in the Passaic River is severely contaminated with dioxin, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), heavy metals, pesticides and other contaminants from more than a century of industrial activity... read more

U.S. Government Announces $1 Billion for Abandoned Uranium Mine Clean Up on the Navajo Nation, "this settlement is no way enough to address all of our concerns and our desires to restore our natural resources...

A settlement announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice has secured approximately $1 billion in funds to cleanup 10 percent of abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation. The funds, which will go to both the EPA and the Navajo Nation, will be used to clean up contamination, which includes radioactive waste near communities, resulting from approximately 50 uranium mines that were operated by Kerr McGee during the Cold War... read more

UK: From January 2014, you have to register as a waste carrier if you regularly transport waste as part of your business, A maximum fine of £5000 can be imposed for not complying

Do you transport waste generated by your own business activities? You will now need to register as a waste carrier (lower tier).From January 2014, you have to register as a waste carrier if you regularly transport waste as part of your business. You can be fined up to £5,000 if you don’t register.You can register as a waste carrier using our new and simple tool available on GOV... read more

Four million trees to be planted next year (DEFRA), Government is investing £30m in the next financial year to support the planting of 2,000 hectares of new woodland with 4m trees.

Two thousand hectares of new woodland will be created through the planting of four million trees as part of a £30millon government investment in the next financial year. Two hundred thousand hectares of existing woodland will also be protected or improved as part of the investment. This will support landowners – including charities, local authorities and businesses – in their commitment to planting and maintaining the country's woodland... read more

USA: Oil Well Operators in Hart County, Kentucky, Sentenced for Violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act, "The defendants ignored orders to stop discharging hazardous wastewater..

ATLANTA - Two oil well operators in Hart County, and Logsdon Valley Oil Co. Inc., have been sentenced in United States District Court by Senior Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr., for continued violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act, announced David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. Charles L. Stinson, 75, of Horse Cave, Kentucky, and Ralph Dowell, 75, of Edmonton, Kentucky, operators of Logsdon Valley Oil Co... read more

Two Interviewed, as Essex site taken by surprise in Environment Agency 'Illegal Waste' sting operation , "Waste crime undermines legitimate business, can cause harm to the environment and misery for local people

Environment Agency officers have interviewed two people suspected of illegal waste offences at an Essex industrial estate in the second raid in four months. On Tuesday morning (22 Oct) 12 Agency officers joined 30 Essex Police officers, 3 Borders Agency staff, 1 immigration officer and 4 representatives from Brentwood Council to check out illegal activities at Thoby Priory Industrial Estate, Mountnessing... read more

USA: New Pesticide Labels Will Better Protect Bees and Other Pollinators, The EPA recently released new enforcement guidance to federal, state and tribal enforcement officials

In an ongoing effort to protect bees and other pollinators, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed new pesticide labels that prohibit use of some neonicotinoid pesticide products where bees are present. Jim Jones, assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention“Multiple factors play a role in bee colony declines, including pesticides... read more

Shropshire farmer fined over River Teme pollution incident, “Our environment is a precious heritage and all steps should be taken to preserve rivers and water courses from pollution

On 14 August 2013, Shropshire farmer Stephen David Small, pleaded guilty at Telford Magistrates’ Court to causing the discharge of polluting matter, namely cattle slurry, into the River Teme at Steventon, near Ludlow, without an environmental permit. The 45 year old from Steventon Manor Farm, Ludlow was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £1,250 in costs. The charge was brought by the Environment Agency under regulation 38(1) (a) and Regulation 12(1) of the Environmental Permitting Regulation 2010... read more

Asbestos offences cost couple 80,397GBP, "This case should also be a warning to legitimate businesses

Two waste operators who ran an illegal site in Benfleet have today (Fri) been ordered to hand over 80,397GBP compensation, confiscation and fines by Chelmsford Crown Court. A1 Bins and Waste Ltd's director David John Tuffen and manager Nigel Lee Hickman were given suspended prison sentences in February after Chelmsford Crown Court heard that the company illegally stored waste at Towerfields Business Park... read more

USA: Enbridge Begins New Dredging Project on Kalamazoo River to Comply with EPA Order, 190,000 cubic yards of oil-contaminated material and 1.15 million gallons of oil have so far been recovered from the river

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced yesterday that Enbridge has begun a new round of dredging in Michigan's Kalamazoo River to clean up oil from the company's July 2010 pipeline spill. The cleanup work is required by EPA's March 2013 administrative order, which requires Enbridge to complete additional dredging by the end of the year above the Ceresco Dam, upstream of Battle Creek and in the Morrow Lake Delta... read more

Sweet chestnut import ban to fight tree disease (DEFRA), "Tree health is one of my top priorities and I'm determined to act swiftly to protect our woodland

Imports of sweet chestnut trees from areas that are affected by sweet chestnut blight will be banned, Owen Paterson has announced. A consultation showed overwhelming support for the ban of the import of sweet chestnut trees from areas where the blight is present. The ban will be implemented during this summer. Speaking at the CLA Game Fair at Ragley Hall Mr Paterson said:"I'm taking action to protect our sweet chestnut trees by bringing in rules to ban the import of trees from areas in Europe where they have sweet chestnut blight ahead of the planting season... read more

Bude bathing water goes interactive, The screen includes the Bude Weather Forecast, Bude Surf Reports, the Summerleaze Bathing Water Profile

People in Bude will now be able to receive information about the bathing water quality of their local beach at the touch of a button. Working in partnership with Volunteer Cornwall, Cornwall Rural Community Council, Coast - One Plant Tourism, the Environment Agency has developed and installed an interactive touch screen display at the entrance to Summerleaze Beach. With only two years to go until bathing waters need to meet much tougher standards under the new European Bathing Water Directive, this is part of the work being carried out to move Summerleaze beach from ‘Good’ to ‘Excellent’ bathing water status by 2015 by delivering the Bude Cleaner Seas Project... read more

WRAP publishes new figures on carrier bag use, The results show that around 60%** of stores had recycling facilities available

Data published yesterday by WRAP shows that 8.1 billion thin-gauge (single-use) bags were used by supermarket customers in the UK in 2012. This represents an increase of 1.3% compared with 2011 (8 billion), and a decrease of 34% compared with 2006 (12.2 billion), when reporting began. The amount of thin-gauge (single-use) bags used per month by supermarket customers increased from 10.5* in 2011 to 10... read more

USA: Florida Man and His Corporation Sentenced for Wetlands Violations in Panama City, "The sentences show that EPA, in conjunction with its federal and state law enforcement partners, will vigorously investigate and seek prosecution for

Brian Raphael D'Isernia, 69, of Panama City Beach, Fla., and Lagoon Landing, LLC, a corporation controlled by D'Isernia, were sentenced today in federal court in the Northern District of Florida for illegal dredging and felony wetlands violations in Panama City. The two defendants were ordered to pay a criminal fine totaling $2.25 million dollars, the largest criminal fine assessed for wetlands-related violations in Florida history... read more

Consultation underway for second Cuadrilla permit at Balcombe, "It is our role to ensure that the environment will be safeguarded during exploration for oil and gas

The Environment Agency is seeking further views from the local community and interested groups following the application for a second environmental permit from energy company Cuadrilla Balcombe Ltd (Cuadrilla). The company is not proposing to carry out any hydraulic fracturing (fracking) as part of this activity. The company has already applied to the Environment Agency for a mining waste permit to manage wastes arising from an exploratory borehole to test for oil reserves at Balcombe in West Sussex... read more

USA: Laconia N.H. Company Fined for Failing to Notify Tenants about Lead Paint Hazards, Infants and young children are especially vulnerable to lead paint exposure

The owners and manager of 12 properties in Laconia, N.H. have agreed to pay a fine of $2,400 and to do environmental improvements valued at $21,600 to settle EPA claims that they failed to follow federal lead paint disclosure laws at three properties. EPA alleged in a complaint that Allen Enterprises Rental Properties, Lakeport Plaza, LLC, and Open Arms Outreach, Inc. violated the federal Toxic Substance Control Act when they failed to notify prospective tenants at rental units about potential lead-paint hazards in housing they owned from 2009 to 2011 in Laconia, as required by then federal lead-based paint disclosure rule... read more

USA: EPA Seeks Input for Potential Rule Revisions on Existing Uses of PCBs, Self-nominations may be submitted but must be received by July 29, 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking nominations from individuals who represent small businesses, small governments, and small not-for-profit organizations to provide input to a federal panel that will explore changes to existing uses of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). This panel will focus on the agency's development of a proposed rule to revise or end the existing authorized uses of PCBs as appropriate if the conditions under which they were authorized more than 30 years ago have changed... read more

Nature's Best LLC, to Pay $19,669 Civil Penalty for Violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, The penalty stems from 20 alleged sales or distributions of 18 different unregistered pesticide products

Nature's Best, LLC, of Inwood, Iowa, has agreed to pay a $19,669 civil penalty to resolve violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The penalty stems from 20 alleged sales or distributions of 18 different unregistered pesticide products, including plant regulators, insecticides, and fungicides, and one count for production of pesticides in a facility that was not registered with EPA as a pesticide-producing establishment from 2010 to 2012... read more

Operators of Falmouth Docks fined for pollution spill , Refurbishment of Royal Fleet Auxilliary (RFA) vessel causes TBT pollution of Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Area of Conservation

A ship repair company has been ordered to pay £24,300 in fines and costs for polluting Cornwall's famous Fal estuary with toxic paint sludge. The case was brought by the Environment Agency and Cornwall Council. On September 29, 2011 the Agency received a report of pollution in the estuary. On arrival an officer saw a large rusty-coloured plume in the harbour covering an area approximately the size of a football pitch... read more

Rentokil company fined for hazardous waste offences, "By having its own interpretation of the law, this company was working outside the Hazardous Waste Regulations

A subsidiary of the international company, Rentokil, has been fined £4,000 for hazardous waste offences at a site in Devon. The case was brought by the Environment Agency. Rentokil Initial Services operates a waste transfer station at Okehampton where washroom wastes including air freshener canisters are taken for treatment prior to being sent for recovery or disposal. The canisters contain a hazardous aerosol propellant that makes them subject to the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005... read more

New CIWM-accredited online training tool will help businesses cut waste and save money, says WRAP, “The Hub offers all the information a business needs to take quick and easy steps to cutting waste and boosting profitability

A free, accredited online training tool has been launched by WRAP to help businesses across England save up to £1,000 per employee by improving the way they manage their resources. 'On Course for Zero Waste' provides free training modules, templates, case studies and other support material to give companies the skills and tools they need to improve the financial and environmental performance of their organisation... read more

USA: EPA Warns Against Use of Refrigerant Substitutes That Pose Fire and Explosion Risk, Other names for these unapproved refrigerants include R-290, 22a, 22-A, R-22a, HC-22a, and CARE 40.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is warning homeowners, propane manufacturers and sellers, home improvement contractors and air conditioning technicians of potential safety hazards related to the use of propane or other unapproved refrigerants in home air conditioning systems. EPA is currently investigating instances where propane has been marketed and used as a substitute for HCFC-22 (R-22), a refrigerant that is widely used in home air conditioning systems... read more

USA: EPA Strengthens Energy Star Requirements for Refrigerators and Freezers/Encourages "connected" features, including smart grid functionality, "We can all do our part in meeting the challenge of climate change,"

Under the new standards, Energy Star certified refrigerators and freezers will use at least 10 percent less energy than models meeting 2014 federal minimum efficiency standards. If all refrigerators and freezers sold in the United States were to meet the updated requirements, energy cost savings would grow to more than $890 million each year and reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of those from more than one million vehicles... read more

Scottish Government announcement on single-use carrier bag charge, “Zero Waste Scotland supports initiatives that tackle litter and help achieve a zero waste society...

The Scottish Government has announced that it will be introducing regulations to charge for single use carrier bags by October 2014. This means that all Scottish retailers will be required to charge a minimum of five pence for every bag they issue. Proceeds from carrier bag charges are to go to good causes. The purpose of the charge is to tackle the problem of littering of carrier bags and encourage greater re-use... read more

USA: U.S. EPA Announces $5 Million in S.F. Bay Watershed Restoration Grants Available, EPA will be hosting a free, public webinar on June 19, 2013 -- All proposals must be submitted to EPA no later than July 9, 2013.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today is now accepting proposals for nearly $5 million dollars in grants intended to protect and restore San Francisco Bay watersheds, wetlands and prevent polluted run-off. Projects funded under this award will receive between $800,000 and $2 million, and will focus on water quality results, such as the restoration of impaired waters and the enhancement of aquatic life... read more

Thames Water ordered to pay £41,000 for polluting River Ash in Ashford, "Clean water is an essential resource for commercial activities, recreation, fisheries and local wildlife...

Thames Water Utilities Limited (Thames Water) has been ordered to pay £41,000 for polluting the River Ash and for breaching a condition of its environmental permit, killing an estimated 4,300 fish. In May the company pleaded guilty to two charges in relation to the pollution of the river between August 8 and 14, 2010. It was fined £17,500 at Staines Magistrates' Court on Friday (June 14) and was also ordered to pay costs of £23,500 and a victim surcharge of £15... read more

Bishops Waltham scrap yard fined £20,000 for waste offences, "...it was disappointing that very little action took place to remedy the various serious issues at the site

The Environment Agency has prosecuted a Hampshire scrap metal business for waste offences following a number of complaints from the local community and for putting local groundwater at risk of pollution. Dase Engineering Limited of Garfield Road, Bishops Waltham, Hampshire, appeared before Fareham Magistrates' Court on Thursday 13 June 2013. The company pleaded guilty to two offences and was fined a total of £20,000 (£10,000 for each offence), ordered to pay costs of £5,782 and £15 victim surcharge... read more

USA: EPA Announces "Cleanup Complete" at Sheboygan River Area of Concern, The cleanup work was funded largely through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the completion of all dredging and habitat restoration projects required to remove the Sheboygan River "Area of Concern" from a list of toxic hot spots identified in the 1987 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Susan Hedman, EPA Region 5 Administrator and Great Lakes National Program Manager, said:"Thanks to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative -- and our dedicated federal, state and local partners -- we have finished cleaning up one of the most contaminated sites on the Great Lakes... read more

Sellafield fined £700,000 after incorrect disposal of radioactive waste, "A failure in leadership and management resulted in the uncontrolled transport and disposal of low-level waste in the public domain.

Sellafield Limited has today (14/6/2013) been fined £700,000 and ordered to pay £72,635.34 in costs at Carlisle Crown Court for sending several bags of radioactive waste to a landfill site in Cumbria. The bags should have been sent to a specialist facility that treats and stores low level radioactive waste. Carlisle Crown Court heard that a number of significant management and operational failings at Sellafield Limited led to the incorrect disposal of the waste at the Lillyhall landfill site in Workington... read more

River health gets £1.6 million boost, "It is a great thing to be in the position to say that our rivers are the healthiest they have been for two decades

A new £1.6 million project to improve river health and water quality in England has been launched by the government today. The River Itchen The new partnership scheme, called the Catchment Based Approach, will encourage local communities and environmental groups to take on more responsibility for improving the health of their local rivers, as well as the surrounding natural environment and wildlife... read more

Imprisoned waste criminal ordered to spend further three years behind bars, Jailed for an additional 1036 days at Westminster Magistrates Court

An unrepentant waste crime boss has been sentenced to a further three years in prison, after failing to pay back the proceeds of his illegal waste business. Hugh O'Donnell, 65, is still in prison serving a four and a half year sentence for waste crimes and money laundering, but was a few days ago (30 May) jailed for an additional 1036 days at Westminster Magistrates Court. He had failed to pay the full amount of a £917,000 confiscation order – money he was ordered to repay for waste crimes he was convicted of in 2011... read more

Water company fined for sewage spills near holiday beach, Three spills from Station Road sewage pumping station at Perranporth when crude sewage was discharged into the Bolingey stream

South West Water was today ordered to pay £11,713 in fines and costs after sewage polluted a stream near one of Cornwall's most popular surfing and bathing beaches. The case was brought by the Environment Agency. On 26 June, 2012, there were three spills from Station Road sewage pumping station at Perranporth when crude sewage was discharged into the Bolingey stream only a short distance from Perranporth beach... read more

USA: Wal-Mart Pleads Guilty To Environmental Crimes And Civil Violations And To Pay More Than $81 Million (£72m), Retailer admits violating laws designed to protect water quality and ensure proper handling of hazardous wastes and pesticides

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (owners of ASDA) pleaded guilty today in cases filed by federal prosecutors in Los Angeles and San Francisco to six counts of violating the Clean Water Act by illegally handling and disposing of hazardous materials at its retail stores across the United States. The Bentonville, Ark.-based company also pleaded guilty today in Kansas City, Mo., to violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) by failing to properly handle pesticides that had been returned by customers at its stores across the country... read more

Scunthorpe transport company fined for polluting Bottesford Beck, “We expect all companies who store oil to do so responsibly in accordance with the regulations

On Wednesday 22 May 2013, Westram Limited pleaded guilty at Scunthorpe Magistrates’ Court to charges relating to the pollution of a tributary of the Bottesford Beck and the uncontrolled storage of oil. The Charges:1. On or before 14 January 2011 Westram Limited caused a water discharge activity, namely a discharge of diesel, into a tributary of Bottesford Beck, except under and to the extent authorised by an environmental permit, contrary to Regulation 38(1)(a) and Regulation 12(1)(b) of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010... read more

Local men arrested as Environment Agency intervene to prevent illegal waste disposal, Waste crime can put the environment and human health at risk

The Environment Agency and Kent Police have intervened to prevent the suspected illegal disposal and burning of waste at rural sites on the outskirts of Maidstone, leading to the arrest of three local men. Working in conjunction with officers from Kent Police, Environment Agency Environmental Crime Team officers today (Thursday 23 May) executed two search warrants across Maidstone and Ashford as part of their investigation into waste crime offences in those areas... read more

Hartlepool man fined for obstructing Environment Agency investigators, "Refusal to co-operate with our officers is an offence and we will take action

A Hartlepool man has been fined £500 by Hartlepool magistrates after he obstructed two Environment Agency officers in the course of their duties. Michael Peter Allen, 54, of Elizabeth Way, Hartlepool, was found guilty yesterday (22 May) of two counts of intentionally obstructing an Environment Officer in the exercise or performance of his powers or duties. Allen, who operates skip hire and waste disposal services from two units on the Sandgate Industrial Estate, Hartlepool, was prosecuted after he prevented two officers from investigating a report of burning materials at the site in August last year... read more

Family in court for running massive illegal waste operation in the Cornish countryside, Several thousand tonnes of waste were dumped on land at Rocks Farm, Bugle

Eight members of an extended family have pleaded guilty at Truro Crown Court to running a complex series of illegal waste businesses from a former smallholding near St Austell, Cornwall. The case was brought by the Environment Agency and Devon and Cornwall Police. Several thousand tonnes of waste were dumped on land at Rocks Farm, Bugle between 2003 – 2011 after it was turned into an illegal waste transfer station and landfill... read more

Environment Agency review Hemerdon environmental permit applications, We will be actively seeking responses from the local community and relevant health and environment professionals

The Environment Agency has today received two applications for environmental permits at Hemerdon Mine, Devon. Wolf Minerals Ltd have applied to carry out a mining waste operation at their site near Plympton, which is one of the largest tungsten and tin reserves in the world. The Agency has also received an associated application for a water quality permit. The Environment Agency is reviewing whether the applicant has provided all the information required and, once satisfied that the permit applications are valid, will launch a consultation... read more

Appeal for information after tipped paint causes river pollution - Welwyn Garden City, "In the majority of urban areas, any liquid entering roadside drains or guttering will enter a watercourse untreated

The Environment Agency is appealing for information after a large quantity of diluted paint was tipped into a surface water drain at Welwyn Garden City. A member of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council reported seeing a person in a white van tipping the paint down the drain in Coneydale on Thursday, May 2. Officers from the Environment Agency used drainage maps to locate the likely discharge point to the Digswell Water nature area... read more

USA: Federal Agencies Expand Urban Waterway Revitalization Effort to Proctor Creek in Atlanta, "Safe, clean rivers, lakes and streams are an important part of what makes urban communities work...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Transportation and Urban Development, the Army Corp of Engineers and the Centers for Disease Control, along with other federal partners, have announced that the Urban Waters Federal Partnership is expanding to Proctor Creek in Atlanta, Ga. Proctor Creek is one of only 11 communities nationwide to be newly selected for the partnership... read more

USA: Texaco Begins Soil Cleanup, Additional Groundwater Work at Ventura County Superfund Site, Allows for Future Commercial and Recreational Use at Pacific Coast Pipeline Site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that work will begin this week to address soil contamination at the Pacific Pipeline Superfund Site located in Fillmore, CA. Additional groundwater work will begin in early 2014. This work, estimated to cost more than $8 million, is part of a recent settlement with Texaco Inc., a Chevron subsidiary. Texaco, under EPA's supervision, will excavate 20,000 cubic yards of soil contaminated with lead and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) as well as implement additional groundwater measures at the site... read more

UK spearheads significant step forward in EU fish negotiations (DEFRA), Member states plan to implement a Discards Ban which will see a ban introduced on 1 January 2015

Member States have today (15 May 2013) agreed a package of reforms to implement a discards ban, make fishing more sustainable and give countries the ability to make decisions regionally. New laws that will radically reform the broken Common Fisheries Policy are now imminent after the UK secured a crucial agreement with EU Fisheries Ministers. Today Member States have agreed a package of reforms to implement a discards ban, make fishing more sustainable and give countries the ability to make decisions regionally... read more

Prehistoric and Roman remains rewrite history of the Tees Estuary, Bronze and Iron Age artefacts – and the remains of a former Roman settlement

Excavations by Environment Agency contractors creating a new bird reserve on Teesside have revealed Bronze and Iron Age artefacts – and the remains of a former Roman settlement which was previously unknown. The discoveries at Greatham Creek are significant as they are the first such remains ever to be found next to the salt marsh on the north bank of the Tees Estuary. Archaeological survey work undertaken before the start of the habitat creation scheme did not indicate that anything of special interest would be discovered... read more

Abbey Metals fined £133,000 after fire pollutes River Anker, Pollution was present which resulted in approximately 27,000 fish deaths along a 6km stretch of river.

Abbey Metals Limited was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on a charge of failing to take measures to prevent major accidents and limit their consequences to the environment. They had earlier pleaded guilty at Nuneaton Magistrates' Court. The company was ordered to pay a £133,000 fine and £33,000 in costs, along with a £15 victim surcharge. The charge was brought by the Environment Agency as part of the Competent Authority under Regulation 4 of the Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Regulations 1999... read more

£31,000 bill and a court order for illegal waste activities, "This prosecution demonstrates that we take waste crime very seriously and will not hesitate to prosecute if necessary, to protect the environment and

On Tuesday 7 May at Doncaster Magistrates Court, three companies pleaded guilty to charges relating to the illegal depositing of construction and demolition waste, for the purpose of building a haul road at Hurst Plantation near Doncaster. Piles of illegal wasteWykeham Estates (Northern) Limited were fine of £3,000 and ordered to pay £5,500 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. In addition to the fine, the Judge gave an order under Regulation 44 of the Environmental Permitting Regulations, for Wykeham Estates to remove the waste to a lawful disposal facility within eight months... read more

USA: E-Scrap Events Net Nine Tons of Used Electronics, The electronics will be recycled by UNICOR, the federal government’s self-sustaining prison industries corporation and certified recycler.

More than nine tons of used electronics will be recycled instead of going to landfills, EPA and partners announced today (May 8, 2013). Employees of EPA, other federal agencies in the Kansas City metro area and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, donated old and unwanted computers, laptops, monitors, cell phones, keyboards, VCRs, telephones and other electronics. Karl Brooks, EPA regional administrator, said:“Employees of EPA and our partners helped to reduce electronics going to landfills,” “These E-Scrap events allow employees of these organizations to responsibly recycle their personal electronic waste... read more

Three men arrested after waste disguised as hay bales found at a site in Waltham Cross, "... scam involving the disposal of household and business waste.

The Environment Agency and Hertfordshire Police are urging farmers and landowners to beware of a scam in which household and business waste is being illegally dumped on open land, camouflaged as plastic-wrapped hay bales. The warning follows the discovery of around 1,500 bales of waste on a site at Waltham Cross after a search warrant was executed on land in Waltham Cross. The warning follows around 1,500 bales found at a site in Essex two weeks ago... read more

Carlisle angler fined for killing female salmon, "The death of this salmon resulted in the loss of many thousands of eggs from the River Eden system

A 61-year-old angler has pleaded guilty to a fishing offence after Environment Agency officers caught him leaving the River Eden carrying a bag containing a large female salmon. David Hitchon, of Vallum Place, Monkhill, was fined £260 and ordered to pay £953 costs along with a £26 victim surcharge at a court hearing held at Carlisle Magistrates Court on Wednesday 1 May. The court heard how on Wednesday 10 October 2012, Environment Agency Fisheries Officers were carrying out patrols along the bank of the River Eden at Long Pool, close to the M6... read more

USA: USDA and EPA Release New Report on Honey Bee Health, Reports says there are "multiple factors playing a role in honey bee colony declines...

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have released a comprehensive scientific report on honey bee health. The report states that there are multiple factors playing a role in honey bee colony declines, including parasites and disease, genetics, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure. Kathleen Merrigan, Agriculture Deputy Secretary, said:"There is an important link between the health of American agriculture and the health of our honeybees for our country's long term agricultural productivity," "The forces impacting honeybee health are complex and USDA, our research partners, and key stakeholders will be engaged in addressing this challenge... read more

Gateshead recycling firm fined £10,000 for unauthorised waste activities, "The result of this case demonstrates that environmental crime is a serious offence.

A Gateshead scrap metal and plastics recycling company has been fined £10,000 for carrying out waste activities without an environmental permit. Michael Coates Recycling Ltd, which operates two sites on Heworth Way on the Pelaw Industrial Estate, appeared at Sunderland Magistrates' Court on 2 May 2013. The company admitted two charges of operating a waste facility without the appropriate environmental permit, and Michael Coates, the firm's director, also pleaded guilty to two similar charges of allowing activities to be carried out without a permit... read more

USA: Bloomfield, New Jersey Elementary School Wins "Battle of the Buildings", "School districts and, in fact, facilities of any kind should look to Bloomfield as a model of what they can achieve" says Enck.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that Demarest Elementary School in Bloomfield, New Jersey has won the 2012 EPA Energy Star National Building Competition, "Battle of the Buildings," after reducing its energy use by a whopping 52%. Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for nearly 20 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year... read more

USA: In Celebration of Earth Week, Large-scale Philadelphia Recycler Joins EPA Program to Reduce U.S. Waste, "Our team is dedicated to making this a reality while building a sustainable company.

At a signing ceremony April 24, 2013, Philadelphia's 'Revolution Recovery' joined approximately 1,500 businesses nationwide to partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in reducing industrial waste. Today, EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin welcomed Revolution Recovery Partner/Owner Avi Golen into the agency's WasteWise program, and both formally signed the agreement. The ceremony took place at Revolution Recovery’s facility at 7333 Milnor St... read more

New app from Love Food Hate Waste helps consumers save £££ while on the move (WRAP), "In the UK, we throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food every year, much of which could have been eaten.

Help is at hand for anyone who wants to keep track of their budgets by food planning, shopping, making the most of left-overs and recipes while 'on the go', thanks to a newly-updated app from Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW). Launched today (Wednesday, April 24th) and available for both iPhone and Android devices, the app enables users to organise a wide range of information and features, and tailor this to their own, individual requirements... read more

Inspiring students rise to the Pollution Challenge, "Project seeking to improve the environment and help people enjoy it in a sustainable way

Students' inspirational ideas to tackle water pollution were celebrated at an awards ceremony hosted by the Environment Agency, with prizes presented by its Chairman Lord Chris Smith. The Environment Agency's Pollution Challenge competition, run in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), threw down the gauntlet to full-time students studying in the North to come up with bold and innovative solutions to combat water pollution coming from the urban environment, known as 'urban diffuse pollution'... read more

USA: EPA and Kansas City Chiefs Invite Public to Arrowhead Stadium April 20 Recycling Event, Environmental News

To launch Extra Yard for the Environment, the Chiefs will host a community-wide recycling drive at Arrowhead Stadium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow. As part of the kickoff for Earth Day activities in April, EPA will join the Chiefs, along with a number of other local vendors, to help facilitate a one-stop recycling opportunity for metro-area residents. Individuals are encouraged to preview the list of participating vendors below and the items they will be accepting to see how they can take full advantage of this recycling opportunity... read more

USA: EPA Proposes to Reduce Toxic Pollutants Discharged into Waterways by Power Plants, There are approximately 1,200 steam electric power plants that generate electricity

WASHINGTON — In accordance with a consent decree and in line with requirements under the Clean Water Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today will propose a range of options to help reduce dangerous pollutants, including mercury, arsenic, lead, and selenium that are released into America's waterways by coal ash, air pollution control waste and other waste from steam electric power plants... read more

USA: EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe Participates in Earth Day Activities, Washington Nationals baseball game to encourage Americans to protect the environment

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe will be commemorating Earth Day 2013, April 22nd, by participating in a number of Earth Day activities. On Earth Day, Monday, April 22, 2013, 10:30 a.m. EDT - Acting Administrator Perciasepe will join Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and White House CEQ Chair Nancy Sutley, to announce the first-ever District Sustainability Award and the honorees for the Green Ribbon Schools program... read more

USA: EPA and American Rivers Announce Preservation of 135 Acres of Forestland in Adams County, Pa, This vast network of unknown, unnamed and underappreciated streams, make up the very foundation of our nation's great rivers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and American Rivers today announced that the Land Conservancy of Adams County will permanently preserve 135 acres of forest through a conservation easement on lands owned by Boyer Nurseries and Orchards in Biglersville, Pa. This land preservation was made possible through a $250,000 EPA grant with matching funds coming from the Adams County Green Space Program... read more

North Lincolnshire company fined £5,000 for scrapping vehicles on unauthorised land, They apologised for their actions and were now working with the Environment Agency to obtain an environmental permit

Yesterday, Belle Vue Trucks Limited pleaded guilty at Scunthorpe Magistrates’ Court to one charge of operating a waste facility when there was no environmental permit in force. The company was fined £5,000, ordered to pay £3,244.75 in prosecution costs, along with a £15 victim surcharge. The charge was brought by the Environment Agency under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010... read more

North East anglers hook prizes, A great example of how the angling community are helping us to monitor the health of our rivers

Four anglers from the North East who have helped the Environment Agency to monitor fish populations in the River Tyne have been rewarded for their efforts. Every year, the Environment Agency runs a prize draw for anglers taking part in its River Tyne Angler Logbook Scheme for salmon and sea trout. Four winners, who all filled in a pocket diary detailing their salmon and sea trout catches during the 2012 fishing season, have been announced... read more

USA: OP-ED: Earth Day 2013 - A Conversation on Climate, "We all contribute to climate change, and we must all be part of the solution

On April 22, 1970, 20 million people across the country celebrated the first Earth Day. It was a time when cities were smothered in smog and polluted American rivers caught fire. What started as a day of national environmental recognition has evolved into a global campaign to protect our environment. Earth Day is now celebrated in more than 192 countries across the world. Environmental problems in our country and abroad have changed since the first Earth Day... read more

New Support to Help Scotland's Organisations Save Money and Resources, "The new programme is far-reaching and can offer support at different levels depending on what a business or a specific sector requires

Businesses and public sector organisations will be able to save money and help to save Scotland's resources with support from a new programme officially launched by the Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead today. Resource Efficient Scotland, managed by Zero Waste Scotland programme, brings together expertise on managing energy, water and materials costs into a single service for the first time, making it easier for Scottish organisations and businesses, particularly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), to get the help they need and make even bigger savings... read more

Nearly 5,000 tyres discovered hidden in the walls of a Burnley mill, "If these tyres were set alight, perhaps through vandalism or by accident, the fire would have been very difficult to put out

Around 4,800 tyres were discovered hidden within the walls of a mill in Burnley after an Environment Agency-led investigation into illegal waste. The Environment Agency launched an inspection of Oxford Mill, in Oxford Road, Burnley, after receiving reports that the site, which had become derelict, was suspected of being used to illegally store waste. Upon arriving at the site, officers noticed tyres were visible from the road side through a broken window on the top floor of the mill... read more

Waste carrier dumped and burnt tyres at illegal site, "This uncontrolled handling and burning of waste had the potential to harm human health and pollute the environment

A waste carrier has been ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work after admitting depositing shredded tyres and burning waste at a site which did not have a permit. He was also ordered to pay a £250 contribution to costs. Luke Holmes admitted the charges at Northampton Magistrates Court on 25 January 2013 and was sentenced today (16 April) following an investigation by the Environment Agency... read more

USA: EPA Awards NASA White Sands Test Facility for Highest Performance in Federal Green Challenge, Estimated cost savings of more than $31 million to the U.S. taxpayer

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, NM, for their efforts in increasing the amount of waste recycled from 158 tons in 2011 to 10,756 tons in 2012, resulting in a 6,708% improvement. This achievement by the facility has earned them the award for the Highest Overall Level of Performance nationally in the Federal Green Challenge... read more

USA: EPA, Navajo Nation convene fifth annual stakeholder workshop to address uranium contamination, Organizations will meet to address uranium contamination on the Navajo Nation

On 16th & 17th April 2013, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal agencies, the Navajo Nation, congressional staff, academia, state and local government representatives, community members and nongovernment organizations will meet to address uranium contamination on the Navajo Nation. The workshop is the fifth annual gathering and will assess the progress under the recently completed five-year plan to address uranium contamination, and prepare for the next five years' actions... read more

River users and Environment Agency extend lock house study, "We believe this is a sensible and prudent move that balances our need to stabilise our funding position with the concerns of river users

A joint study group set up to examine the future of lock sites on the River Thames is to extend its review by a year (until the end of March 2014), the Environment Agency and river user representatives announced. The group, made up of boater representatives from the Thames User Group (navigation) and Environment Agency managers, is examining the management and operation of a number of lock sites on the River Thames to help understand the implications of renting vacant lock houses rather than housing resident lock keepers... read more

Two Thames boaters fined for avoiding registration fees, "The income we raise from boat registration ... is used to improve and maintain the navigation and lock structures as well as providing facilities ...

The owners of two boats found navigating the River Thames without valid registrations have been convicted by Staines Magistrates Court of illegally using their vessels. Charles Elliot Winterton of 33 Eton Square, Eton, Berkshire was ordered in his absence to pay a total of £733.24 for failing to display a valid registration plate. He was fined £400, ordered to pay compensation to the Environment Agency in respect of the unpaid registration fee of £233... read more

USA: EPA issues permits requiring upgrades to Northern District and Agana sewage treatment plants, GWA will need to ensure effluent limitations designed to protect Guam’s beaches

HONOLULU – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced it has reissued Clean Water Act permits to the Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA) for the Northern District and Agana Sewage Treatment plants. The permits require both plants to upgrade to full secondary treatment and establish wastewater quality levels consistent with secondary treatment requirements. As part of this issuance, GWA will need to ensure effluent limitations designed to protect Guam’s beaches are met, and that controls are implemented to reduce sewage spills from fats, oils, and grease... read more

Water company fined for toxic chemical spill, The day after the spill the Environment Agency received reports of a fish kill in the East Looe River

South West Water has been ordered to pay £65,000 in fines and costs for illegally discharging aluminium chloride into the East Looe River, Cornwall. The case was brought by the Environment Agency. On August 22, 2010 an Agency officer visited Lodge Hill Sewage Treatment Works near Liskeard and was told, by a member of staff, there had been a chemical spill at the site the previous day. Known as ‘Claral’, the chemical is used to improve the quality of the final effluent before it leaves the works... read more

Illegal waste site operator to pay 115,000GBP, Burning of the waste types seen could harm human health or pollute the environment.

Undercover surveillance by the Environment Agency helped to expose the activities of a married couple running an illegal waste site. Fire Raging On Weds 10 April 2013, Nicholas Simon Panks was ordered at Norwich Crown Court to hand over £108,000 proceeds from his illegal activity under the Proceeds of Crime Act and to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work in the community. He was also ordered to pay £7,821 costs to the Environment Agency... read more

Environment Agency issues permit for New Barnfield energy from waste incinerator, "We are satisfied it contains the necessary conditions and control measures to ensure the protection of people's health

The Environment Agency has issued an environmental permit for an energy from waste incinerator at New Barnfield in Hertfordshire following consultation and a thorough assessment of any potential impacts. Veolia ES Hertfordshire Ltd will operate the facility, which burns waste at high temperatures, using the resulting energy to generate electricity. This permit, issued under the Environmental Permitting (England & Wales) Regulations 2010, requires the company to comply with all relevant legislation including strict air emission and monitoring standards... read more

Portland Oil Re-Refining Company ordered to safely dispose PCB-contaminated oil or pay penalty, Polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs are synthetic chemicals manufactured until they were banned in the U.S. in 1979.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 has ordered Oil Re-Refining Company (ORRCO) of Portland, Oregon to properly dispose of PCB-contaminated oil or pay a federal penalty. EPA issued the order to expedite disposal of the PCB waste to protect human health and the environment. Kelly McFadden, manager of EPA Region 10 Toxics Compliance and Enforcement. “EPA enforcement helps deter violators, who could otherwise gain an unfair business advantage over their environmentally compliant competitors,”... read more

USA: U.S. Air Force 611th Air Support Group Closes Banned Motor Vehicle Waste Wells at Three Alaska Sites, Motor vehicle waste disposal wells typically contain fluids such as engine oil, brake fluid, gasoline, diesel or cleaning solvents.

EPA banned the use of motor vehicle waste disposal wells nationwide in 2000 because of the risks they pose to drinking water sources. Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, facilities in Alaska had until 2005 to permanently close this type of well. Peter Contreras, Manager of the Ground Water Unit at EPA’s Seattle office. “Closing these wells and removing contamination is the only sure way to prevent the harmful fluids in them from reaching Alaska’s drinking water aquifers,”... read more

USA: Oregon fuel companies fined for federal oil spill prevention and response violations, "Companies storing large amounts of fuel must be prepared to prevent and respond to fuel spills to protect people's health and the environment,

Tyree Oil Inc., Carson Oil Co., and Ferrell's Fuel Network will pay fines and invest in facility upgrades for violating federal oil spill prevention and response rules at their Oregon facilities, according to separate settlements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA inspections of each facility from 2007 and 2011 found multiple violations of federal spill prevention rules and spill response requirements under the Clean Water Act, intended to protect people and the environment... read more

USA: Settlement with Dominion Energy Reduces Harmful Pollution in Three States and Downwind Communities, "These reductions mark the latest step in our continuing efforts, along with EPA, to protect public health and the environment

The Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that Dominion Energy has agreed to pay a $3.4 million civil penalty and spend approximately $9.8 million on environmental mitigation projects to resolve Clean Air Act (CAA) violations. The settlement will result in reductions of nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and particulate matter by more than 70,000 tons per year, across three of the utility's coal-fired power plants, located in Kincaid, Ill... read more

USA: Bio-diesel Fuel Company Owner Sentenced to 188 Months in Federal Prison for Crimes Connected to Illegal Fuels Scheme, Jeffrey Gunselman also fined $175,000 and ordered to pay nearly $55 million in restitution

Jeffrey David Gunselman, 30, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 15.6 years (188 months) in federal prison, fined $175,000 and ordered to pay more than $54.9 million in restitution, following his guilty plea in December 2012 to an indictment charging 51 counts of wire fraud, 24 counts of money laundering and four counts of making false statements in violation of the Clean Air Act... read more

UK: Nationwide ‘day of action’ as part of crack down on illegal waste sites (27th March), Environment Agency Taskforce cuts off supply to rogue waste traders, gives out warnings and starts over a dozen new investigations

Environment Agency Taskforce cuts off supply to rogue waste traders, gives out warnings and starts over a dozen new investigations. A Taskforce on a mission to stop illegal waste sites, that undercut legitimate business and blight local communities, has been surprising suspects and intervening at risky sites in the first nationwide targeted action on illegal waste sites. Sites that covertly hold toxic waste and chemicals without safeguards are breaking the law and risk causing serious pollution incidents that damage rivers, habitats and pose a risk to human health... read more

USA: Students in Fairfield, Maine Partner with Green Plumbers Training Program for Fix a Leak Week March 18-24, “Students learning how a few simple steps can make a positive environmental impact while also saving money

The Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) and the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO®) Green Plumbers Training program are teaming up to fix water leaks and recommend efficiency measures during the EPA’s Fix a Leak Week March 18-24. During the 5th annual Fix a Leak Week, EPA’s WaterSense program encourages Americans to check, twist, and replace leaky plumbing fixtures and sprinkler systems, helping households save more than 10,000 gallons of water per year and as much as 10 percent on utility bills... read more

3,000 tonnes of steel set to sail into Littlehampton for tidal defence project, "Considerable environmental and cost benefits of transport by sea direct to Littlehampton

Subject to favourable weather conditions, the final shipment of the 3,000 tonnes of sheet piling that will be used in a major £12 million tidal defence scheme for Littlehampton will be delivered by boat to the town on Tuesday 19 March. Ships will be used to bring in the steel by sea through Littlehampton Harbour in West Sussex. Due to the huge volume of steel this will be the final delivery of the three shipments that have taken place over the course of the last few weeks... read more

USA: Environmental Protection Agency Orders NASA to clean-up soils threatening sensitive habitat, EPA and the California State Regional Water Quality Control Board will continue to negotiate a facility-wide cleanup

On Weds 15 March, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today ordered the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to take immediate and long-term actions to address soil contamination at its Ames Research Center at the Moffett Field Naval Air Station in Mountain View, Calif. This order is part of an effort to enter into a long-term cleanup agreement with NASA for the Ames site... read more

USA: EPA Orders Enbridge to Perform Additional Dredging to Remove Oil from Kalamazoo River, EPA has repeatedly documented the presence of recoverable submerged oil in the sections of the river

03/14/2013 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today issued an administrative order that requires Enbridge to do additional dredging in Michigan’s Kalamazoo River to clean up oil from the company’s July 2010 pipeline spill. EPA’s order requires dredging in sections of the river above Ceresco Dam, upstream of Battle Creek, and in the Morrow Lake Delta. EPA has repeatedly documented the presence of recoverable submerged oil in the sections of the river identified in the order and has determined that submerged oil in these areas can be recovered by dredging... read more

Environmental permits issued for new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C in Somerset, Comments received included those from organisations such as the Health Protection Agency and Natural England

The Environment Agency has issued three new environmental permits today to NNB Generation Company Limited (NNB GenCo) for their proposed new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C in Somerset. NNB GenCo propose to build a twin reactor power station at Hinkley Point C using the EDF / Areva UK EPR design. Each of the UK EPR reactors would each generate 1600MW of electricity, enough in total to power about 5 million homes... read more

Environment Agency on site at Rhondda sewage incident, Sewage discharged into the Rhondda Fawr

Officers from Environment Agency Wales were on site at an incident in Llwynypia 08-Mar-2013 whereby a collapsed wall has damaged a foul sewer, causing sewage to discharge into the Rhondda Fawr. Dwr Cymru Welsh Water has been called to the site to undertake emergency repairs to stop the sewer from discharging into the river. Agency officers are monitoring conditions in the Rhondda Fawr closely... read more

A blackberry is a phone not a fruit, according to majority of young people, “I want more young people to think about farming as a thriving, cutting-edge industry...

When asked what a “blackberry” is, 82 per cent of people aged 16-24 instantly thought of a mobile phone rather than a fruit according to new figures published today. Results from an online YouGov poll also showed 55 per cent of the UK population haven’t been to a farm in the past ten years and when asked to select from a list of professions, only 11 per cent saw farming as the career they’d most like to work in, compared to the 51 per cent who wanted to work as teachers, doctors or lawyers... read more

New plan launched to tackle waste at all UK events, “Zero waste events: a 2020 vision”, a new event industry roadmap developed by WRAP

Today sees the launch of “Zero waste events: a 2020 vision”, a new event industry roadmap initiative with the goal of no waste being sent to landfill from UK events by the end of the decade. The events industry is a complex sector comprising of thousands of operators of all shapes and sizes. It supports around 25,000 businesses and some half a million full time equivalent jobs. It has a significant impact on the economy, with a current value of £36 billion1 projected to rise to £48 billion by 2020... read more

UK: Changes in pipeline for Recycling Managers training, WRAP to introduce a new approach to delivering training for local authority, social enterprise and private business recycling managers.

From April 2013, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) will be responsible for delivering the training programme which has been run by WRAP since 2002. More than 3,000 delegates have benefited from the programme to date, and over the years, it has evolved to meet current needs, broadening its focus to cover a wider range of waste and recycling related topics. Linda Crichton, Head of Collections and Quality Programme at WRAP explained:“We indicated as part of our new four-year business plan in 2011 that our intention would be to pass on the responsibility for delivering the highly-respected Recycling Managers Training Programme to another organisation,” “The time is right to make that change, and we’re confident that UCLan is well-placed to take on that role, and will continue to deliver high-quality training... read more

USA: Transocean Pleads Guilty, Is Sentenced to Pay $400 Million in Criminal Penalties for Criminal Conduct Leading to Deepwater Horizon Disaster, The Plea is the Second Corporate Guilty Plea Obtained by Deepwater Horizon Task Force, Second-largest Criminal Clean Water Act Fines..

Transocean Deepwater Inc. pleaded guilty today to a violation of the Clean Water Act (CWA) for its illegal conduct leading to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, and was sentenced to pay $400 million in criminal fines and penalties, Attorney General Holder announced today. In total, the amount of fines and other criminal penalties imposed on Transocean are the second-largest environmental crime recovery in U... read more

UK: Agency officers attend sewage incident at Rhyl, Denbighshire County Council has issued a warning about the potential of poor water quality and is putting up warning signs on its beaches

Environment Agency Wales is investigating a sewage spill which has entered the Clwyd Estuary today (Friday 15 Feb). The cause of the spill has been identified as a burst sewage pipe at an industrial estate in Kinmel Bay. Environment Agency Wales officers attending the incident have confirmed that a large amount of sewage has polluted the Ffynon Ddol stream this morning and has now reached the Clwyd Estuary... read more

USA: EPA Requires Nevada Gold Mines to Correct Reporting Violations and Pay $618,000, “Cyanide, lead and mercury used at these mines have the potential to pose a health threat

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with three gold mining companies, all subsidiaries of Barrick Gold Corporation, for their failures to correctly report toxic chemical releases and waste management activities. The companies, Barrick Cortez, Inc., Barrick Gold US, Inc. and Homestake Mining Company, agreed to pay a total of $278,000 in fines and spend an additional $340,000 to conduct an environmentally beneficial project... read more

UK: Suspended Prison Sentances for Essex Asbestos Fly-tippers, "The defendants operated claimed to be ‘specialist contractors for the disposal of asbestos waste

Two waste operators running an illegal site and a driver have been given suspended prison sentences after the Environment Agency found that asbestos had been fly-tipped around Essex, Hertfordshire and Kent. A1 Bins and Waste Ltd’s director David John Tuffen and manager Nigel Lee Hickman both pleaded guilty to running an illegal site at Towerfields Business Park in Benfleet, where Environment Agency officers found 72 large skips full of asbestos waste... read more

USA: EPA Announces Settlements with Company for Multiple Violations of Chemical Reporting and Pesticide Laws, The sale and distribution of unregistered or misbranded pesticides can cause serious illness in humans and be harmful to the environment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it reached settlements with two subsidiaries of the Kemira Group for violations of chemical and pesticide laws. The settlement with Kemira Chemicals resolves alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, including the sale and distribution of an unregistered pesticide, the sale and distribution of misbranded pesticides, and pesticide production reporting violations... read more

USA: EPA Releases New Report on Children's Health and the Environment in America, "It shows good progress on some issues, such as reducing children’s blood lead levels

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released “America’s Children and the Environment – Third Edition”, a comprehensive compilation of information from a variety of sources on children’s health and the environment. The report shows trends for contaminants in air, water, food, and soil that may affect children; concentrations of contaminants in the bodies of children and women of child-bearing age; and childhood illnesses and health conditions... read more

UK: Consultation on new measures to help beekeepers and improve bee health, Defra and the Welsh Government outline proposals which to help beekeepers identify and manage pests

New plans to help beekeepers protect their hives from pests and diseases to reduce bee population losses have been unveiled. Defra and the Welsh Government have outlined proposals which will help beekeepers to identify and manage pests such as the potentially devastating Varroa mite, considered the single greatest problem for beekeepers. There are estimated to be up to 44,000 beekeepers in the UK, of which more than 99 per cent are amateurs... read more

USA: EPA Continues Cleanup of Mercury Contamination in Ciales, Puerto Rico; Agency Warns Against Handling Toxic Metal, “Mercury can vaporize so easily that even a tiny amount can contaminate a large area

(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection has removed mercury that contaminated several homes and schools in the Parcelas La Cordillera community of Ciales, Puerto Rico and completed the cleanup of the affected homes and schools. The EPA continues to work with the Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board, Emergency Management Agency, Department of Health, Public Buildings Authority and the Department of Education on the extensive investigation and cleanup... read more

UK: Agency attends slurry spill in Carmarthenshire, "We will take the appropriate action against whoever is responsible

Officers from Environment Agency Wales are attending an incident north of Whitland, Carmarthenshire, where a large quantity of slurry has polluted the Nant Cwmfelinboeth, a tributary of the River Taf. Officers were called to the site late last night after a member of the public reported the incident. Agency teams remained at the site and are continuing to trace the source of the pollution, which is likely to have had a significant impact on water quality and fish life... read more

UK: Prosecution over Oil leak that polluted the River Lark, "The oil leak caused a serious environmental impact on the River Lark for at least 3.7kms downstream

Suffolk malt producer, Pauls Malt Ltd, has been fined £20,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £6,475 for causing oil pollution to the River Lark. Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court heard today (Thursday) that gas fuel oil escaped from a tank at Pauls Malt’s premises on Eastern Way, Bury St Edmunds. The oil entered the River Lark via a surface water outfall, polluting the river and killing dozens of fish... read more

UK: Environment Agency's river inspectors catch eight boaters without navigation licences, Registration discs must be displayed on craft so they are clearly visible to the organisation's enforcement staff

Eight boaters have been prosecuted for keeping their vessels on waterways without registering them with the Environment Agency. The charges were heard at Cambridge Magistrates' Court on Thursday, 10 January 2013, and the offenders were ordered to pay fines totaling £3,490, compensation totaling £3,111 and costs totaling £1,344. On all eight occasions, the Environment Agency's river inspectors saw the boats moored up without displaying the necessary licence... read more

UK Government opposes Japan's "scientific" whaling, "Japan's slaughter of whales, supposedly in the name of science is cruel and scientifically unnecessary

As the first Japanese whaling boats set sail to the Antarctic, Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon expressed the UK's continued opposition over Japan's plans to kill endangered whales. Japan is legally bound by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) moratorium, but carries out large-scale whaling by exploiting a loophole which permits "scientific whaling" under the guise of research. Making clear the UK's opposition, Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon said:"Japan's slaughter of whales, supposedly in the name of science is cruel and scientifically unnecessary... read more

New lease of life for Welsh community fishery with the injection of 12,000 course fish, “Angling is a sport which can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities...

Environment Agency Wales has given a community fishing lake near Onllwyn in Neath a new lease of life by releasing 12,000 mixed coarse fish into the lake. A variety fish including roach, bream, rudd and tench have been stocked into the Banwen lake, which is enjoyed by many local people. The community fishing lake is being developed by the Agency, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and the local community council... read more

Defra approves two GM vaccine trials (Prostate Cancer and HIV), Defra has approved trials of GM vaccines against prostate cancer and HIV.

Defra has granted consent for the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) to trial a GM vaccine against HIV. The IAVI is also seeking clinical trial authorisations from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Defra has also granted BN ImmunoTherapeutics Inc consent to carry out a further trial of a GM vaccine against prostate cancer. The vaccine will be trialled at 12 sites in England in addition to the 10 sites approved in January this year... read more

On track to plant one million new neighbourhood trees in England, "£600,000 of funding still to be allocated, now is the time to start planning your Big Tree Plant project...

Two years on and the Government's £4 million Big Tree Plant has seen over 239,000 trees planted across the country with £3.4 million of the funding already allocated to 128 groups, who will be planting more than 813,000 trees. The Big Tree Plant, launched by Defra and the Forestry Commission in 2010, is supported by a number of partner organisations and will see a million new trees planted predominantly in towns, cities and neighbourhoods by 2015... read more

Environment Agency Wales grants permit change for Swansea nickel refinery, "We will monitor operations at the facility closely to make sure the company continues to operate within the requirements of the permit...

Environment Agency Wales has granted a permit change to allow Vale Europe Ltd to operate a power plant that uses waste to generate electricity. This decision follows a thorough assessment by the Agency which found that the company would be able to operate the new facility without harming human health or the environment. Before reaching its decision, the Agency addressed concerns raised by local people, and consulted with local businesses and other professional organisations... read more

UK: Two Businesses prosecuted for water pollution in Cumbria, "Serious pollution can have devastating effects on rivers, fields and wildlife and, in some cases, pose a risk to people's health...

Two companies have been prosecuted by the Environment Agency for causing a pollution incident which had the potential to damage water quality, wildlife and habitats. Recycling firm ByProduct Recovery Ltd, a subsidary of Leeds-based 4R Group, and Millers Contracting Ltd, which operates out of Wigton, both pleaded guilty to causing a water discharge without a valid permit and were each fined £1,000 at Carlisle Magistrates Court on Wednesday 12 December... read more

USA: EPA Suggests Burning Smarter this Winter, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency encourages you to burn a more efficient and cleaner fire

Are you burning wood in a wood stove or fireplace this winter? If so, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency encourages you to burn a more efficient and cleaner fire. Wood smoke is made up of a mixture of gases and fine particle pollution that isn’t healthy to breathe indoors or out – especially for children, older adults and those with heart and lung disease, and asthma. Reducing smoke from your chimney can be easy... read more

UK: Government seeks views on proposed Marine Conservation Zones, "The UK has one of the world's richest marine environments, and we need to make sure it stays that way

The Government is pressing ahead with its plans to create Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) to protect the UK's rich marine environment, Natural Environment Minister Richard Benyon announced today. A consultation outlining the proposals for the first set of sites has been launched today, and will give coastal communities and those with an interest in the marine environment, the opportunity to have a say in its future... read more

UK regulators confirm acceptance of new nuclear reactor design, "There remain site-specific issues that must be addressed before we'll approve its construction on any site

The UK EPR nuclear reactor is suitable for construction in the UK, regulators confirmed today after an in-depth assessment of its generic design. The Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency are satisfied that this reactor, designed by EDF Energy and Areva, meets regulatory expectations on safety, security and environmental impact. Additional site-specific consents and approvals are required from the regulators before this reactor can be built at any UK location and planning permission must be obtained from the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change... read more

UK: Review of Environment Agency and Natural England begins, "The Environment Agency and Natural England are both vital in helping to achieve our vision of a healthy environment

A joint triennial review of the Environment Agency and Natural England starts today. The review will provide an opportunity to look at what functions the Environment Agency and Natural England carry out and how they do it. Its aim is to ensure that we have sufficiently strong and resilient delivery bodies to meet our environmental ambitions. It will also be used to explore innovative options for improvements in service delivery and efficiency... read more

USA: Work to Begin at Reef Environmental Site in Sylacauga, Alabama, Assessments identified unstable conditions relating of accumulating gases (organic and hydrogen sulfide)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) along with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) and local officials will begin work at the Reef Environmental Plant in Sylacauga, AL. on Thursday, December 13, 2012. The neighboring communities to the Reef site are advised that there will be greater than normal traffic of heavy equipment, including tanker trucks. The Reef LLC facility located at 71 Twin Street, Sylacauga, Alabama was a centralized industrial waste water treatment facility... read more

UK: Peterborough man prosecuted for running vehicle dismantling operation without a permit, "Any uncontrolled handling of waste can harm human health and pollute the environment...

A man who stored and treated waste vehicles and parts without a permit has been fined £2,000 and ordered to pay a contribution of £2,000 towards costs. Peterborough Magistrates Court heard today that between 7 December 2011 and 22 February 2012, Maher Khater ran the vehicle dismantling business from premises at the former timber yard, First Drove, Peterborough, without the proper authorisation of an environmental permit... read more

UK: Environment Agency prosecutes for illegal disposal of 720 tonnes of Hazardous waste, Samples confirmed the presence of hazardous Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (Coal Tar) within the waste

On Monday 10 Dec 2012, East Midlands Demolition Limited of Duffield Road, Little Eaton, Derby, was sentenced at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court to charges relating to the illegal deposit of hazardous waste. The company pleaded guilty at an earlier Court hearing. The company was fined £11,000.00 ordered to pay £4,398.92 in costs, along with a £15 victim surcharge. The charges were brought by the Environment Agency under Section 33 and 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990... read more

UK: Happy Fishmas! 'Christmas stockings' of almost 25,000 fish will improve life in the Great Ouse catchment, Anglers' observations show dramatically increased predation in recent years

On 13 and 14 December, the Environment Agency will be stocking up to 25,000 fish into the River Great Ouse and its tributaries. The fish, ranging from 5cm to 20cm long (2 to 8 inches), will include year-old juvenile chub, dace, roach, bream and barbel fish. They have been specially bred at the Environment Agency's fish farm at Calverton, which is funded by anglers' rod licence fees. The locations include: the Upper Ouse at Sharnbrook, Radwell, Gayhurst (once home of the British record barbel), Lavendon, Newport Pagnell and St Neots; the River Ivel between Clifton and Tempsford; the Upper Thet and Chub Stream at St Ives... read more

UK: Environment Agency attends slurry spill near Newcastle Emlyn, As a precaution, the Dwr Cymru Welsh water drinking water abstraction point at Llechryd was temporarily closed

Officers from Environment Agency Wales are dealing with an incident in Cenarth, near Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire, whereby approximately 130,000 gallons of slurry has spilled into the Afon Teifi and a small nearby tributary. The spill was reported to the Agency on Monday afternoon (10-Dec), when a farmer became aware of a leak in his slurry store. Officers attended the scene on Monday evening to help stop the leak and were back on site on Tuesday to assess the impact of the spill on the environment... read more

UK: Saltburn's ochre stream set for clean up... A further £2 million is earmarked to clean-up the orange-stained beck, The Environment Agency has been working with the Coal Authority and the Saltburn Gill Action Group

A stream polluted by old ironstone mines in Saltburn is set to benefit from a multi-million pound clean-up scheme. Saltburn Gill changed colour overnight on 18 May 1999 when it was polluted from a nearby mine that closed in the 1960s. The pollution had a devastating effect on river life, turning the stream orange and depositing large amounts of iron oxide on the river bed and banks, up to the point to where it meets the Skelton Beck above Saltburn beach... read more

UK: Government sets out strategy to tackle Ash dieback, A new strategy to tackle Ash dieback has been published today by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson alongside the Tree and Plant Health Task Force's

The Chalara Control Plan sets out the Government's objectives for tackling the disease and outlines what further action we will take over the next few months. The plan also re-affirms the Government‘s commitment to focus its efforts on:Reducing the rate of spread; Developing resistance to the disease in the native UK ash tree population; Encouraging citizen, landowner and industry engagement and action in tackling the problem; Building resilience in the UK woodland and associated industriesEnvironment Secretary Owen Paterson said:"We need to radically rethink how we deal with the threats to our trees... read more

UK: Food waste helps fuel economic growth, "Through this investment we will produce significantly more renewable energy...

A new food waste recycling facility which supports economic growth and a healthy environment has been opened by Defra Minister of State David Heath. Wessex Water's sewage treatment works in Avonmouth could create jobs and new business opportunities and is the first such facility in the area. Built and operated by Wessex Water subsidiary GENeco, the new anaerobic digestion plant can annually turn 40,000 tonnes of food waste into a renewable energy supply equivalent to serving 3,000 homes... read more

UK: Eight men and three companies must pay six figure sum for Exporting Hazardous waste , Although functioning electronics can be exported to developing countries, sending hazardous waste to developing countries is illegal

Eight men and three companies have been ordered to pay over £220,000 for the part they played in the biggest criminal network to be uncovered and prosecuted by the Environment Agency for attempting to export broken electronics from the UK. Hazardous televisions, fridges – some containing ozone depleting substances – and old computers, were among the 450 tonnes of electronics illegally exported to Nigeria, Ghana and Pakistan, while the gang pocketed money by claiming to be reusing the waste legally and safely... read more

Attention: Health Care Professionals: EPA Sponsors Free, Online Training on Health Effects of Air Particles on Children, The course is targeted to health professionals including nurses, doctors, physician assistants, pharmacists, and other care providers

As part of its commitment to protect children's health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has joined with the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment to promote a free, on-demand webinar on the effects of particle pollution on children. Particulate matter is the term for solid or liquid particles found in the air... read more

USA: Community-Based Nonprofit Organisations Receive EPA Grants, Grants Help Reduce Environmental Risks in Manchester, N.H.; Lawrence, Springfield and Worcester, Mass.

Five New England nonprofit groups have been selected to receive an EPA Environmental Justice (EJ) Small Grant award. All five award recipients will carry out a project that forms collaborative partnerships, educates the community, develops a comprehensive understanding of the local environmental and/or public health issues and identifies ways to address these issues at the local level. Each grant is worth up to $25,000... read more

UK: Cheshire tyre waste company director receives community service, Failing to declare the other sites he used for storage

A company director has been ordered to carry out 250 hours of community service and pay £25,000 costs to the Environment Agency after breaching permit regulations by accumulating nearly 80,000 tonnes of tyre waste. Anthony Mayes, director of Cheshire-based Systems Integrated Tyre Recycling, pleaded guilty to four charges of breaching waste permit regulations at a hearing at Chester Crown Court... read more

UK: 'Drain detectives' carry out pollution checks in Bideford, Misconnections range from domestic washing machines mistakenly plumbed into surface water drains...

The Environment Agency is taking to the streets of Bideford, this month, checking for signs of pollution. Specialist contractors will carry out a detailed inspection of the town's drains in the bid to pinpoint possible sources of pollution including misconnections that might be impacting on water quality in the Torridge estuary. The 'lift and look' survey includes methods such as dye tracing and the taking of water samples... read more

UK: Environment Agency Wales investigates incinerator permit breaches in Swansea, The operator is co-operating fully with the Agency and has stopped all operations until the cause of the breaches can be established

Officers from Environment Agency Wales have launched an investigation after an incinerator breached strict emission limits set out in its environmental permit. Test results from the Materials Recovery and Energy Centre at Crymlyn Burrows, Swansea, have indicated that the site has exceeded the permitted limit for dioxin emissions on two occasions. The operator is co-operating fully with the Agency and has stopped all operations until the cause of the breaches can be established... read more

USA: EPA, State and City Extend Household Hazardous Waste Pickup in New York City to December 9th, "Hazardous waste, such as petroleum products, old paint and pesticides can be dangerous and should be disposed of properly to protect people's health

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the New York City Department of Sanitation have extended its collection of potentially hazardous common household products from flood-damaged homes and residences in New York City. From today through Sunday, December 9, the public is encouraged to put waste products on their curbs for pickup, including: solvents, paints, cleaners, oil, propane tanks, batteries, petroleum products, weed/bug killers, car batteries, bleach and ammonia... read more

UK: More grants of up to £50,000 available for re-use and repair initiatives, Businesses with re-use and repair initiatives can apply for grants

WRAP has launched a second round of its capital grant competition to increase the re-use and repair of textiles, furniture and WEEE. From 16th November 2012, businesses with re-use and repair initiatives can apply for grants of up to £50,000. WRAP is currently in contract negotiations with 11 organisations from the first round of funding. These have the potential to deliver carbon savings of 18,000 tonnes and create 58 full-time jobs, 21... read more

USA: BP Temporarily Suspended from New Contracts with the Federal Government, A responsibility question has been raised by action in a criminal case

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it has temporarily suspended BP Exploration and Production, Inc., BP PLC and named affiliated companies (BP) from new contracts with the federal government. EPA is taking this action due to BP's lack of business integrity as demonstrated by the company's conduct with regard to the Deepwater Horizon blowout, explosion, oil spill, and response, as reflected by the filing of a criminal information... read more

USA: EPA Appoints 11 New Members to the National Environmental Education Advisory Council, 'Environmental education increases public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues or problems'

WASHINGTON – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has appointed 11 environmental education professionals to serve on the agency’s National Environmental Education Advisory Council (NEEAC). The National Environmental Education Advisory Council is comprised of representatives from organizations outside the federal government who provide EPA with advice and recommendations on environmental education... read more

UK: £80,000 penalty for Lancashire waste criminal, Over 21,000m3 – equivalent to 8½ Olympic sized swimming pools – of construction and demolition waste was dumped on farm land

A North West man has discovered that waste crime doesn't pay after the Environment Agency successfully secured an order from Preston Crown Court to confiscate £80,000 in criminal benefits from him under the Proceeds of Crime Act. Andrew Park, Director of Wyre Waste Recycling Ltd pleaded guilty to 6 charges brought by the Environment Agency after a lengthy investigation into illegal waste activities by specialist crime officers... read more

UK: Repeat waste offender sent to prison for 12 months after ignoring Environment Agency warnings, A hearing to deal with a proceeds of crime application has been adjourned to next year

Repeat waste offender Nicolas Fletcher, aged 25 has been sent to prison for a year. Luton Crown Court heard on Friday (9 Nov) that Fletcher, trading as Dunstable Skip Hire and Luton Skip hire, took waste to land he had rented at two sites in Bedfordshire. Mrs Anne-Lise McDonald, prosecuting for the Environment Agency, said that for over two years significant amounts of waste had been brought onto the sites, tipped, sorted, stored and burned... read more

UK: Dee cockle gets official stamp of sustainability, The first apprentice to receive a full licence under the Environment Agency Wales scheme that aims to introduce young blood to the fishery.

Cocklers in the Dee estuary today celebrated a major milestone as the industry was presented with a global award for the way it is managed. The Dee Estuary has been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) as a sustainable and well-managed fishery after a 10 month assessment. To celebrate the award, Deputy Minister for Fisheries and Food, Alun Davies, today officially handed the fishery its certificate of sustainability at a ceremony in north Wales... read more

USA: EPA, State and County to Launch Household Hazardous Waste Pickup and Drop-Off in Suffolk County, "Hazardous waste, such as petroleum products, old paint and pesticides can be dangerous and should be disposed of properly to protect people's health

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Suffolk County will collect and properly dispose of potentially hazardous common household products from flood-damaged homes in Suffolk County. Beginning on Nov. 12, people in affected homes may bring household products, including solvents, paints, cleaners, oil, propane tanks, batteries, petroleum products, weed/bug killers, car batteries, bleach and ammonia, to one of four drop-off locations... read more

UK: Farm fined for polluting stream near Devon beauty spot, A dark brown effluent was discharging from a pipe on the left bank of the watercourse just below Welsford Bridge.

The owners of a North Devon dairy farm have been ordered to pay £5,623 in fines and costs for polluting a stream near a popular coastal beauty spot. The case was brought by the Environment Agency. In January 2012 the Agency was contacted by a member of the public after they saw pollution in the Speke’s Mill Stream near Hartland. The stream runs through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and discharges into the sea via a spectacular 60ft waterfall at Speke’s Mill Mouth... read more

UK: Devon caravan park fined for polluting stream with sewage after several warnings from the Environment Agency, "The River Dart is used extensively for recreation and is also an important habitat for salmon and sea trout"

In a court case brought by the Environment Agency at Torbay magistrates court, Hatchmere Park Ltd, of Nottingham Road, Sedgebrook, Grantham, Lincolnshire, has been fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £13,089 costs after pleading guilty to three offences of discharging without a permit and non-compliance with two notices. Magistrates also ordered the company to carry out improvements works to ensure it complies with the Anti-Pollution Notices by March 31, 2013... read more

Ash disease (Chalara) found in Kent and Essex, "It was always likely that we'd find it in coastal areas...

The tree disease Chalara, also known as ash dieback, has been confirmed in forests and woodland in Kent and Essex after an urgent survey to seek out traces of the disease in Britain's established woodlands. The confirmation of Chalara in Kent and Essex does not mean the disease has spread since the first case in woodland was detected in East Anglia. It is believed that the disease in East Anglia may have been present for a number of years, and is likely to have been transmitted by wind from the mainland Europe... read more

USA: EPA To Sponsor Free Webinar on Green School Practices, Attention area school districts, administrators, teachers and maintenance and environmental managers – Free webinar to be held Wednesday, Nov. 7,

PHILADELPHIA - Attention area school districts, administrators, teachers and maintenance and environmental managers: EPA is sponsoring "Integrated School Health Tools for Districts," a free informational webinar to be held Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 at 2 p.m. EST. This webinar, which is open to the public, will discuss how your school or school district can create a healthy environment for students by implementing a sustainable and comprehensive environmental health program that addresses issues such as cleaning practices, mold, chemical management, ventilation, and pest control... read more

UK: Scrap metal carrier pays the price for no Waste Carriers Registration, "We did advise Davies to register and how to go about it but he failed to take notice and has paid the price."

A man carrying waste in his van pretended to be someone else when he was stopped by police and the Environment Agency. Mathew Davies, aged 32, of Scott Gardens, Lincoln admitted one fraud offence and one of carrying scrap metal without being registered and was fined £400 by Lincoln Magistrates' Court today (Tue). He was also ordered to pay £3,540 costs. Mr Simon Taylor, prosecuting for the Environment Agency, said Davies handed over a waste carrier registration card belonging to someone else when he was stopped in December last year... read more

UK: Mold community prepared for flooding, “We put on our wellies and waterproofs and checked how high the river was from the top of the banks...

Residents of a Wales & West Housing retirement scheme at Llys Pont Y Felin, in Mold, have better protection from flooding thanks to a husband and wife team who have developed a community flood plan for their neighbours. Mike and Maureen Murphy have been working closely with Environment Agency Wales officers to develop the plan which covers 26 retirement apartments at risk of flooding from the River Alyn... read more

UK: Agency likely to grant permit change for Swansea nickel refinery, A second round of consultation will now begin – Any comments should be made in writing by Tuesday 04 December 2012

Environment Agency Wales has announced that it is likely to grant a permit change to allow Vale Europe Ltd to operate a power plant that uses waste to generate electricity. The company currently operates a nickel refinery in Clydach and wants to expand to operate a "pyrolysis" plant at the same location, which would produce gas from waste to fuel engines and generate electricity. The decision follows an in-depth analysis which shows that the company has the necessary measures in place to operate the proposed facility without harming local people or the environment... read more

USA: Hyundai/Kia to Correct Overstated MPG Claims as Result of EPA Investigation, Vehicles MPG over-estimated by upto 6 MPG

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America will lower their fuel economy (mpg) estimates for the majority of their model year 2012 and 2013 models after EPA testing found discrepancies between agency results and data submitted by the company. The auto companies have submitted to the EPA a plan for cars currently on dealer lots to be re-labeled with new window stickers reflecting the corrected mileage estimates... read more

UK: Prosecutions for Illegal Waste Operations result in £233,670 fine for Kent firms and a director., "Waste crime puts the environment and human health at risk and undermines legitimate businesses" says: Environment Agency

Three waste firms from Kent and one director have been fined £233,670 after pleading guilty to charges related to the illegal deposit of waste on golf courses and farms in the countryside around Kent and East Sussex. On Tuesday 30 October 2012 Countrystyle Recycling Ltd., FGS AGRI Ltd. and the owner and director of both companies Trevor Heathcote pleaded guilty to multiple charges relating to the illegal deposit of waste between January and July 2011 in Kent and East Sussex... read more

Myth bust: The Telegraph claims public to be banned from woodlands, The Truth from DEFRA: There are no plans to stop public access to forests

The myth: The Telegraph allege that the public could be banned from British forests and woodland as a result of the ash tree disease, chalara fraxinea. The truth: There are no plans to stop public access to forests and woodland as there is a very low risk of people transmitting the disease from area to area. The public can still help by cleaning their boots, tyres or horses’ hooves after being in woodland areas affected by chalara fraxinea... read more

USA: Work Begins to Remove Contamination at Newtown Site in Fairfield County, Connecticut., The Removal Action that will reduce or eliminate the public health and safety hazards present at the Site

This week EPA began work to remove contaminated materials from the Batchelder site at 46A Swamp Road in Newtown, in Fairfield County, Connecticut. The cleanup is expected to be completed in approximately two months. Contamination at the Site does not present health risks to the neighboring area; however, Town officials would like to remind residents that it is important to remain off the site. The Site, a former aluminum smelting facility which was in operation from 1947 to 1987, is now abandoned... read more

World nations join force in a major step to protect the world's wildlife, Wildlife around the world now has even greater protection thanks to an agreement reached at the Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad, India

Countries from across the globe agreed to double the resources allocated to halting the decline in animal and plant species globally by 2020, which will allow countries to put in place concrete plans to protect wildlife and the natural environment. Environment Minister Richard Benyon said: "The commitment and willingness shown by all the nations who have come here to India has resulted in real progress being made... read more

USA: EPA Takes Legal Action Against Western New York Gas Stations to Protect Ground Water from Petroleum Contamination, "When underground tanks are not properly maintained, ground water can be contaminated, putting people’s health and the environment at risk"

(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a legal complaint to the owner and operator of seventeen underground storage tanks at six gasoline stations in Western New York for violating federal regulations. The complaint, which seeks $42,295 in penalties, was issued to United Refining Company for violations at its Kwik Fill stations in Dunkirk, Westfield, Jamestown, Fredonia and Rochester, New York... read more

UK: Chemical that kills fish (Piscicide) to be added to two lakes at the Millennium Coastal Park in Llanelli, "This is the first phase in a wider programme to remove a harmful, damaging invasive species from our waters in Wales."

Environment Agency Wales is taking action to eradicate a highly invasive, non–native fish population which is threatening native fish in five lakes in Llanelli. The Agency will apply a chemical that kills fish (Piscicide) to two lakes at the Millennium Coastal Park in Llanelli, to eradicate the non–native population of topmouth gudgeon. Whilst the chemical is toxic to fish, it is not toxic to people, mammals, birds and other wildlife... read more

UK: Environment Agency raids illegal waste sites across Yorkshire, Five people arrested as Police support the Environment Agency in targeting illegal operators.

The Environment Agency has today (23 October) taken a leading role in a series of early morning police raids across West and South Yorkshire and Humberside. The raids were part of Operation Dance, a complex investigation into suspected waste offences by a Leeds-based company and its directors. Twenty one Environment Agency investigators supported by a similar number of Police officers from three different forces swooped on several sites across the Environment Agency's Yorkshire Area as part of an ongoing major investigation into the suspected illegal storing and dumping of waste... read more

UK: New plans in today's Growth Bill will ensure Communities that wish to see land developed in their areas will no longer be overruled by an abuse of Town and Village Green legislation., "Town and village greens are cherished community spaces, and it's absolutely right they continue to have the strongest protection

Current legislation means that building work that has been granted planning permission or is undergoing community consultation can be delayed while the legal process of considering a Town and Village Green (TVG) application takes place. It is possible for houses to be built, bought and even lived in before a TVG application is made, leaving residents with great uncertainty as to the future of their homes... read more

UK: Leicestershire man pays penalty for operating Illegal Business from home without an Environmental Permit or Exemption, "This was a blatant disregard for the law and we do not hesitate to prosecute in circumstances like these"

Yesterday, 17 Oct 2012 Leslie George Collins, of Rockland Rise, Whitwick, Leicestershire, pleaded guilty at Loughborough Magistrates' Court to one charge of operating a waste facility without an environmental permit. The 68-year-old was fined £750, ordered to pay £6000 in costs, along with a £15 victim surcharge. He was also ordered to pay £50 for a breach of conditional discharge. The charge was brought by the Environment Agency under Regulation 12 (1) and 38 (1) of the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010... read more

EPA Announces Opportunity to Apply for 2013 Environmental Justice Small Grants, The 2013 grant solicitation is now open and will close on Jan. 7, 2013.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it is seeking applicants for a total of $1.5 million in environmental justice small grants to be awarded in 2013. EPA's environmental justice efforts aim to ensure equal environmental and health protections for all Americans, regardless of race or socioeconomic status. The grants enable non-profit organizations to conduct research, provide education and develop solutions to local health and environmental issues in communities overburdened by harmful pollution... read more

UK: Thames Water Utilities ordered to pay over £13,000 for Sewage Pollution in Hampshire, A dramatic deterioration in the downstream water quality and invertebrate community was caused

Thames Water Utilities Limited (Thames Water) was fined £6000 at Basingstoke Magistrates Court for polluting the Bishopswood Stream in Tadley on or before 6 March 2011. The company was also ordered to pay the Prosecution costs of £7,293 and a victim surcharge of £15. The court heard how a blockage on a Thames Water public foul sewer caused sewage to discharge and overflow from an abandoned sewer into an inland freshwater pond and into the Bishopswood Stream... read more

USA: Cleanup at North Penn Area 2 Superfund Site Eliminates Risks – Providing Long-Term Groundwater Protection, Nearly 1200 Cubic Yards of Trichloroethylene (TCE), Arsenic, Cadmium and Chromium contaminated soil and sediment was removed

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Environmental Agency has announced the completion of construction activities for the cleanup of the North Penn 2 Superfund Site in Hatfield, Montgomery County, Pa. The construction completion is an important milestone in protecting human health and the long-term goal of restoring contaminated groundwater to drinking water quality. The soil, sediment and groundwater at the site were contaminated with trichloroethylene (TCE) and with metals including arsenic, cadmium and chromium... read more

UK: Government may Ban Imports of Ash Trees as Infected Trees are being distroyed across Europe, Plant Health Authority are on high alert across the UK

A ban on imports of ash trees to combat the threat of the tree disease Chalara Fraxinea could be in place as early as November, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said today. The disease causes leaf loss and has already killed trees in England, Scotland and parts of mainland Europe. The infected trees in the UK had come from nurseries in Europe or had been in contact with imported ash trees. A ban would also mean trees from infected areas would not be able to be moved to other locations... read more

USA: EPA – More Work Needed to Clean up Enbridge Oil Spill in Kalamazoo River, Enbridge has 10 days to request a conference with EPA to discuss the additional work

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today notified Enbridge that more work is needed in Michigan's Kalamazoo River to clean up oil from the company's pipeline spill in July 2010. EPA is proposing further action upstream of Ceresco Dam, upstream of the Battle Creek Dam (Mill Ponds area), and in the delta upstream of Morrow Lake. Enbridge has 10 days to request a conference with EPA to discuss the additional work specified in the proposed order and 30 days to submit written comments... read more

USA: EPA Releases Plan to Address PCB Contamination in the Grasse River in Massena, New York, Public Urged to Submit Comments No Later Than November 15th

(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a plan to clean up contaminated river sediment at the Grasse River Superfund site in Massena, New York. Past industrial activities have contaminated the river sediment with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which are potentially cancer-causing chemicals that build up in the food chain and accumulate in the fatty tissue of fish and mammals... read more

Arrests made after UK's largest ever hazardous waste raid, The biggest ever hazardous waste raid conducted in the UK results in multiple arrests following a series of dawn raids.

Sixty Environment Agency investigators supported by Avon and Somerset Police swooped on several sites as part of an ongoing major investigation into the suspected illegal treatment, dumping and trading of hazardous waste including heavy metals and asbestos. Operation Durable is a complex investigation into suspected toxic waste offences by an Avonmouth based company, its Directors and senior management... read more

USA: EPA Releases Plan to Remove Lead at Raritan Bay Superfund Site in Old Bridge and Sayreville, New Jersey., Public Hearing to Take Place Oct. 17 in Old Bridge.

(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a plan to clean up lead contamination at the Raritan Bay Slag Superfund Site in Old Bridge and Sayreville, New Jersey. Lead is a toxic metal that is especially dangerous to children because their growing bodies can absorb more of it than adults. Even at low levels, lead in children can result in I.Q. deficiencies, reading and learning disabilities, reduced attention spans, hyperactivity and other behavioral problems... read more

USA: Electronics Manufacturers and Retailers Join EPA Challenge for Safe Management of Used Electronics, Electronics are made of valuable resources such as precious metals, copper, plastic and glass... Recycling or reusing these electronics conserves

WASHINGTON – 09/20/2012 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched its Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge, an initiative to make protective electronics refurbishing and recycling practices the industry standard. EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator for Solid Waste and Emergency Response Lisa Feldt, joined by leaders from Best Buy, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Sprint, and Staples, made the announcement at Vintage Tech Recyclers, a certified electronics recycling facility in Romeoville, Illinois... read more

Alaska Gold settles with EPA for Clean Water Act violations at Nome Mine Site, Penalties paid for alleged Clean Water Act violations at the Rock Creek mine near Nome, Alaska

(Seattle – Sept 2012) The Alaska Gold Company has paid a penalty for alleged Clean Water Act violations at the Rock Creek mine near Nome, Alaska. According to a settlement announced today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the company allegedly violated permit requirements for controlling storm water pollution during construction activities. In addition to paying a $177,500 penalty, the company has already taken corrective actions to comply by submitting and implementing an upgraded Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan and reclaiming a portion of the area disturbed during construction... read more

UK: Pilots planned to test textiles survival bags to save the UK's recycled textiles, WRAP has issued a call for 'expressions of interest' from local authorities and their partners who may wish to take part ...

Local authorities and their partners are being invited to pitch to take part in a series of pilots to test the effectiveness of textiles 'survival' bags. Recent research by WRAP showed that if textiles are collected loose in bins or in bags along with other recyclable materials, they are often contaminated so badly that the items cannot be re-used or recycled. WRAP now wants to run a small number of pilot projects to see if 'survival bags' can protect textiles during the collection and sorting process... read more

Suffolk company fined for running illegal waste site, "Unregulated waste activities impact on the amenity of an area and can cause harm to human health and pollute the environment"

A Suffolk property services company has today (Tuesday 28-Aug-2012) been fined £3500 and asked to pay £2500 costs for running an illegal waste site and failing to provide waste transfer notes. Ipswich Magistrates' Court heard today that Stowbox Ltd had been depositing, treating, storing and disposing of waste at its premises at Woodfarm Business Centre, Crowfield, Ipswich, without being authorised by an environmental permit... read more

UK: Recyclet Directors given 200 hours of unpaid work for waste offences, "Company directors should take note that the Environment Agency will prosecute where they are responsible for actions that breach regulations"

On 22 August 2012, Dennis Owen, Alastair Sherry and David Brown pleaded guilty at Scunthorpe Magistrates' Court to Director Liability offences. These were in relation to their company Recyclet Ltd (now in liquidation) which operated a regulated waste facility without an environmental permit. The three directors each received 200 hours of unpaid work, were each ordered to pay costs of £4468, and were all disqualified from being a director of a company for five years... read more

UK: New directory to boost confidence in recycled aggregate industry 24th August 2012, Tarmac spokesman says: “The recycled aggregate market is one key way in which we can minimise impact and divert waste from landfill"

A new online Recycled Aggregate Supplier Directory has been launched by Zero Waste Scotland which aims to showcase best practice and instil confidence in buyers of recycled aggregate. Crushing and screening waste concrete, brick, and asphalt from construction and demolition to produce recycled aggregates is standard practice in Scotland. It avoids sending waste to landfill sites and reduces the environmental impacts resulting from the extraction of natural aggregates... read more

UK: Environment Agency and Natural England Appeal for help to tackle invasion of alien Signal Crayfish and Crayfish Plague in Northumberland, "We must do all we can to stop signal crayfish getting into the Wansbeck, where their effect will be devastating on the native population"

An appeal for help to stop the spread of invasive American signal crayfish in Northumberland was announced today by the Environment Agency, Natural England, Northumberland Rivers Trust and Northumberland Wildlife Trust. A large population of American signal crayfish have been confirmed in the River Blyth – a blow for our internationally important population of native white-clawed crayfish on the neighbouring River Wansbeck... read more

USA: EPA to Extend Public Comment Period On Air Permit for Arecibo Waste to Energy Facility, Environmental Protection Agency Will Hold Five Public Hearing Sessions During 25th, 26th and 27th August

(San Juan, P.R.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended to August 31 the public comment period for its proposed action to approve an air permit to construct a waste to energy facility in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. The agency is holding a series of public hearing sessions beginning this Saturday to accept public comments on Energy Answers International, Inc. has proposed to construct a new 77 megawatt facility at the former site of the Global Fibers Paper Mill in Barrio Cambalache, Arecibo, Puerto Rico... read more

UK: Environment Agency called into action to limit River Wandle pollution, Fire at Thames Water's Beddington Sewage Treatment Works (Croydon) causes sewage to enter the River Wandle in South London.

The Environment Agency is busy working with Thames Water to minimise the risk of pollution significantly affecting the River Wandle today (Weds 22 Aug). This follows a fire breaking out at Thames Water's Beddington sewage treatment works in Croydon late on Tuesday night (21 Aug). As a result of the incident a small discharge of sewage entered the river in South London and some fish were seen to be in distress... read more

UK: Huge re-use potential in bulky waste revealed in new WRAP report out today, More than half of all bulky waste items taken to household waste and recycling centres could be re-used, according to a new report by WRAP

The new report also reveals that of bulky items taken to an waste recycling centre, 32% were estimated to be re-usable in their current condition. This figure increased to 51% when also considering items that required slight repair but were otherwise in good condition. For items collected at kerbside, 24% were estimated to be re-usable in their current condition, rising to a massive 40% when taking into account items requiring only slight attention... read more

USA: EPA Honors Environmental Heroes for 2012 in Pacific Southwest, Twelve prestigious awards to be presented at upcoming events in the Pacific Southwest region over the next several months

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Pacific Southwest Region today announced the 12 winners for the 2012 annual environmental awards to acknowledge significant contributions to protecting the environment. Jared Blumenfeld, EPA's Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest, said: "The winners, green heroes all, prove there are many ways to protect our air, water and land... read more

UK: Environment Agency permits Lancashire landfill for low hazard radioactive waste, We are satisfied that the risks from continued disposal of this waste are well within acceptable levels. says EA spokesman

The Environment Agency has announced its decision to grant Sita (Lancashire) Limited an environmental permit for the disposal of low level radioactive waste at Clifton Marsh landfill site, near Preston. The permit granted today (14 August 2012) and will be effective from 1 September 2012. This type of waste has been disposed of at the site since the 1970s – a new permit will allow the Environment Agency to regulate more effectively... read more

USA: Two Connecticut-based Companies Recognized by EPA as Top Green Power Partners, By purchasing green power, we are taking advantage of opportunities to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ...

(Boston, massachusetts) – Two corporations based in Connecticut – XEROX Corp. based in Norwalk, and Pitney Bowes Inc., based in Stamford – have been recognized by EPA as being among the nation's top purchasers of Green Power in the technology and telecom sector. Green power is electricity generated from renewable resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, and low-impact hydro and produces no net increase of greenhouse gas emissions... read more

USA: EPA Takes Action against Buffalo Area Gas Stations to Protect Ground Water from Petroleum Contamination, Gas station owners need to be vigilant in making sure that their petroleum storage tanks do not cause pollution.

(New York) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a legal complaint to the owners and operators of twenty-two underground storage tanks at gasoline stations in the Buffalo, New York area for violating various federal regulations dealing with ground water from petroleum contamination. The complaint, which seeks $582,803 in penalties, was issued to Amerimart Development Company, Inc... read more

USA: EPA Proposes to Renew US Ecology's PCB Landfill Permit; Public Comment Period Begins, EPA regulates the treatment, storage and disposal of PCBs under the Toxic Substances Control Act

SAN FRANCISCO – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting comments on its proposed PCB permit for US Ecology, Inc., a hazardous waste management facility located outside Beatty, Nevada. EPA's proposed permit will allow US Ecology to continue commercial storage, treatment and disposal of PCB wastes. The company has disposed of PCBs at this location since 1978. The 45-day comment period begins August 10 and ends September 24... read more

UK: Scarborough pollution kills 3,000 fish – "We will not hesitate to prosecute" say UK: EA, Members of the public are being asked If they have any information which may help the investigation

North-East – The Environment Agency is appealing for information, following a serious pollution incident leading to the death of almost 3,000 fish in Scarborough. An officer visited the beck the same day and found around 60 dead fish, including trout and bullheads, within a 100m stretch at Rocks Lane, Burniston. Further inspection revealed hundreds more dead fish between Burniston Community Centre and Station Road in Scalby... read more

USA: U.S. and Mexico Sign Agreement Addressing High Priority Border Environmental Issues , "We know that environmental degradation, pollution, and the diseases they trigger don't stop at the national boundaries"

WASHINGTON – Today U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson joined Mexico's Secretary for the Environment and Natural Resources Juan Elvira Quesada to sign the Border 2020 U.S. - Mexico Environmental program agreement. The signing was witnessed by a number of leaders including the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico E. Anthony Wayne, Vice Chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation Wavalene Romero, California Secretary for Environmental Protection Matthew Rodriquez, Baja California Governor José Guadalupe Osuna Millán and Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante Anchondo... read more

UK: – Endangered newt found at flood storage reservoir, Distribution and all future works on the site will be subject to approval by Natural England

North-East – Environment Agency staff were quick to respond when they discovered an endangered species of amphibian during routine works in Market Rasen, Lincolnshire. A team from South Ferriby was carrying out maintenance work at Market Rasen Flood Storage Reservoir when they saw what they believed to be a newt - six feet down a manhole. They called colleagues with expertise in fisheries and biodiversity who quickly arrived on site... read more

USA: National "Documerica" Environmental Photo Exhibit Comes to Dallas, From its development in 1971, "Documerica" became the United States' first serious pictorial examination of the environment.

(DALLAS — August 7, 2012) The Environmental Protection Agency will open "Documerica" exhibit of photographs depicting environmental conditions of the past and present beginning August 7, 2012. The display arrives in Dallas after a quick stop in Austin at the Texas Environmental Superconference as part of its national tour. The exhibit will be open on the 7th Floor at Fountain Place in downtown Dallas through August 14, 2012... read more

USA: EPA Orders a Stop Sale of D-Mand Better Products, LLC. , The SSURO was issued to D-Mand for selling and distributing the unregistered and misbranded pesticides in violation of the FIFRA.

ATLANTA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued a Stop Sale, Use, or Removal Order (SSURO) to D-mand Better Products, LLC (D-Mand) located in Alpharetta, Ga. directing the company to immediately halt the sale, use or distribution of "M-1 Algae Remover," "Barn and Stable Wash," "M-1 Sure Cote," "M-1 Deck and Roof Cleaner Concentrate," "M-1 Deck and Fence Cleaner Concentrate," and "M-1 Driveway and Patio Cleaner Concentrate... read more

USA: Supervisor of Michigan Town Sentenced to Three Years in Prison, Public Official made Asbestos abatement decisions based on a bribe, not on what was needed to protect the health of the community

WASHINGTON (August 3, 2012) - William Morgan, the former supervisor of Royal Oak Township, a suburb of Detroit, was sentenced in federal court to three years in prison. Mr. Morgan had previously entered a guilty plea to charges that he conspired to defraud the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), violate the Clean Air Act's asbestos requirements, and commit bribery. Asbestos is a mineral fiber that has been used commonly in a variety of building construction materials... read more

UK: Free soil testing cuts farmers' costs and helps the environment, Reducing the amount of nutrients in rivers will improve the quality of the water, help tourism and benefit the North Wales economy

A free soil testing scheme which reduces farmers' costs as well as benefiting the environment is being rolled out across north Wales this autumn by Environment Agency Wales. The simple test evaluates the pH level and the amount of nutrients already in the soil. These measurements indicate the quality of the soil and help the farmer to work out the amount and type of fertiliser the soil needs. Using less fertiliser or slurry can significantly reduce costs to farmers whilst allowing them to produce more crops... read more

UK: Crackdown on illegal waste operations in King’s Lynn, The Environment Agency hope that this will send a strong message to others involved in waste crime.

The Environment Agency's Environmental Crime Team enlisted the help of Norfolk Police to arrest and detain a Norfolk man believed to be operating an illegal waste transfer station in King's Lynn. The man's wife was also interviewed under caution for her involvement. The Environment Agency suspected the man of bringing skip waste back to land at his home which does not have a permit or the right facilities to protect the environment... read more

USA: EPA Identifies Substitutes for Toxic Flame Retardant Chemical, EPA is using all of its tools to reduce the use of hazardous flame retardant chemicals like decaBDE

WASHINGTON - In its quest to identify possible substitutes for a toxic flame retardant chemical known as decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a draft report on alternatives. This comprehensive assessment, developed with public participation under EPA's Design for the Environment (DfE) program, profiles the environmental and human health hazards on 30 alternatives to decaBDE, which will be phased out of production by December 2013... read more

UK: EA Seek Your Views on the Development of a Quality Protocol for Biomethane, This applies where it is supplied through the gas grid and used as fuel for vehicles.

The European Pathway to Zero Waste (EPOW) project delivered by the Environment Agency and Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) have developed a quality protocol setting out proposed criteria for the use of biomethane as a fuel. This applies where it is supplied through the gas grid and used as fuel for vehicles. A biomethane quality protocol will allow biomethane produced from biogas generated at landfills and anaerobic digestion treatment plants to make a contribution to renewable power... read more

USA: Illinois Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Clean Air Act Violations Involving Asbestos, 100 unlabled bags of asbestos were dumped in an open field in Hopkins Park, resulting in soil contamination.

WASHINGTON — Duane "Butch" O'Malley, 59, of Bourbonnais, ill 60901. who was convicted by a federal jury on September 26, 2011, for the ill 60901. egal removal, handling and disposal of asbestos from a Kankakee building in August 2009, was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Federal District Court Judge Michael McCuskey. — O'Malley was also ordered to pay restitution of $47,086 to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) related to the clean-up of illegally disposed asbestos and ordered to pay a fine of $15,000... read more

EPA Kicks Off Third Annual Energy Star National Building Competition , Competitors will reduce energy waste and save on utility bills while protecting the environment and people's health

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Energy Star program launched the 2012 National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings with a record 3,200 buildings across the country going head to head to improve energy efficiency, lower utility costs and protect health and the environment. Commercial buildings in the U.S. are responsible for about 20 percent of the nation's energy use and greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion annually in energy bills... read more

UK: Concerns raised as Email Recruitment Campaign attempts to Register UK Producers to India WEEE Compliance, B2B Compliance Member raises alarm — Email makes out to be a UK office of the Indian Authorities

Following the recent Introduction of the Indian E Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, Strateco has expressed concern about attempts to recruit and register UK Producers in India. Carl Kruger — Environment and Technical Services Director at Strateco commented: "India, along with a number of other countries, is introducing its own "Indian E Waste (Management and Handling) Rules" and has developed similar legislation to the EU WEEE Directive... read more

USA: EPA Region 7 and Contractors Begin Removal of Underground Storage Tank at Former Strehlow Garage in Omaha, Neb., The removal work is necessary to allow for the sampling of subsurface soil and groundwater beneath the tank

(Kansas City, Kan., July 24, 2012) - EPA Region 7 and its contractors have begun work to remove an underground storage tank from a former automotive garage in Omaha, Neb., as one step of clearing the way for city authorities to redevelop the property as part of a planned $5 million low-income housing project. The former Strehlow Garage, at 2107 N. 16th Street in Omaha, is currently owned by the Omaha Housing Authority (OHA), which plans to transfer ownership of the property to the Omaha Economic Development Corporation (OEDC) for inclusion in the housing project after the tank removal and related environmental assessment work is completed... read more

USA: EPA Scientists Receive Presidential Honor, The purpose of the award is to encourage the development of science leaders and highlight the importance of science and technology

WASHINGTON — Today two U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) scientists were named as recipients of the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The award, which is being given to EPA's Dr. Mehdi Hazai and Mr. Adam Eisele, is the highest honor to be bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers... read more

UK: Environment Agency seizes illegal nets in Cornwall, The nets contained more than 200 fish including 67 bass and 74 wrasse. We are grateful to members of the public who help us combat illegal fishing.

Two massive illegal gill nets have been seized by Environment Agency fisheries officers off Looe in Cornwall. The patrol vessel Mor Teg swung into action after the Agency received a tip-off from a member of the public. Totalling more than half a mile in length (850 metres), the nets contained more than 200 fish including 67 bass and 74 wrasse. They had been set off East Looe Beach and between Hannafore and Looe Island... read more

UK: Appeal for information on illegally dumped waste in West Sussex hotspot, This kind of environmental crime is completely unacceptable, it can cause pollution & harm to wildlife

The Environment Agency is urging witnesses to come forward with any information about large amounts of waste being illegally dumped at a known West Sussex hotspot. The unnamed site at Walburton, near Arundel is already under investigation by the Environment Agency's specialist Environmental Crime Team and new illegally dumped material has appeared there since 10 July. Amongst the vast amount of household and construction waste that has been deposited is a distinctive leopard print board and a large wall poster that may provide clues to who the culprits may be... read more

USA: Rhode Island Property Owner Faces Fine for Failing to Notify Tenants about Potential Lead Hazards, Exposure to lead paint is a serious health concern in New England due to the age of the housing stock.

(Boston, Mass. – July 20, 2012) – A Rhode Island company faces a penalty of up to $421,900 for repeatedly violating federal lead-based paint disclosure laws and regulations when leasing residential property in Providence. A recent EPA complaint alleges that Private Reserve Properties, LLC failed to notify prospective tenants, including families with young children, about potential lead-paint hazards in housing owned by the company, as required by the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992 and the Lead-Based Paint Disclosure Rule... read more

USA: EPA to Hold Five Public Hearing Sessions August 25, 26 and 27 on Air Permit for Arecibo Waste to Energy Facility, Public Participation and Input in this Decision, together with Pre-Registration to Testify is Encouraged by EPA

(San Juan, P.R.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has scheduled a new series of public hearing sessions to accept public comments on its proposed action to approve an air permit to construct a waste to energy facility in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Energy Answers International, Inc. has proposed to construct a new 77 megawatt facility at the former site of the Global Fibers Paper Mill in Barrio Cambalache, Arecibo, Puerto Rico... read more

UK: Environment Agency suspends permit at Whites Recycling Limited, in Eccles, Non-Compliance causes potential for serious harm to the Environment and the nearby Communities

The Environment Agency has today (18 July) suspended the permit for Whites Recycling Limited, in Eccles after the site has failed to operate as outlined in their environmental permit. During routine visits by Environment Agency officials, the decision has been taken to suspend the permit after a number of serious risks were identified. These risk include: Increased fire risk from the excessive waste stockpiles Potential for pollution from Leachate caused by waste stored on unmade ground Potential for Dust and odour escaping from the site Potential for Pests (including flies) which can cause a detriment to the local community The Environment Agency has given the company until the 31 August 2012 to meet strict steps in order to resolve the issues at the site... read more

UK: Consultation Launched as City Plant Ltd’s Applies to Change its Environmental Permit for Gilberdyke landfilll, Environment Agency Seeks Views on Proposed Changes to Gilberdyke landfill permit

Comments to be filed by Friday 10 August 2012. City Plant Ltd has applied to change its permit to complete the site and bring it towards closure, including how it will be managed in the years after the site stops taking in waste. City Plant Ltd wants to make these changes to ensure that the site is full by the deadline in the planning permission (November 2013). This application will also enable the company to finish the site and close it sooner... read more

Alcoa inc (AA:New York) Takes Full Ownership of Evermore Recycling — The World Leader in Beverage Can Recycling, We've been a leader and pioneer in recycling since the aluminum can was invented and we see great opportunities in this new chapter

NEW YORK, July 16, 2012, 2:00 p.m. EDT -- Alcoa, the world's leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, has announced it has reached an agreement with its partner Novelis to assume full control of the Evermore Recycling joint venture with effect from August 31, 2012. The current joint venture has seen the two companies purchase more recycled cans than any other group, anywhere in the world... read more

USA: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Awards Multiple Grants to Boost to Environmental Education, Six grants to launch programs across New York State

(New York, N.Y. — July 17, 2012) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $50,000 grant to support an environmental education projects in the U.S. Virgin Islands. EPA is providing funding to support work that Beyond Visions, Inc. of Christiansted is doing with a group of local organizations to implement stewardship projects in marine ecosystems. Beneficiary: Beyond Visions, Inc... read more

Asko to Shift Appliance Manufacturing from Sweden to Slovenia, The shift is a part of the efforts to restructure Gorenje's Swedish subsidiary

All appliance manufacturing operations from the Asko plant in Vara, Sweden, will be relocated to plants belonging to parent company Gorenje in Velenje, Slovenia. Asko research and development, brand management, and marketing operations will remain in Vara. The Vara plant which currently represents about 7% of Gorenje Group's total production output will lose 450 of its current 500 employees. The Gorenje Group who acquired Asko in 2010 have reported that Asko's results have consistently fallen short of their expectations... read more

Apple Boss Listens and Responds to Environmentally Conscious Customers over EPEAT Abandonment, Apple makes an environmentally responsible decision over EPEAT — The 'Green' Rating System .

In direct response to pressure from Apple's environmentally conscious customers, Bob Mansfield — Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering at Apple, has released a statement that recognises the the recent move Abandon EPEAT, the 'Green' Rating System, as an error. In a statement on the Apple.com website Bob Mansfield published the following letter to Apple customers: We've recently heard from many loyal Apple customers who were disappointed to learn that we had removed our products from the EPEAT rating system... read more

Technology Giant Apple Decide to Abandon EPEAT the 'Green' Rating System, Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) — Non-user replaceable parts hinder disassembly for recycling.

Computer giant, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has controversially walked away from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) — an environmental rating system that measures recyclability as one measure to help identify greener computers and other electronic equipment. EPEAT has said that notification received from Apple stated that it is withdrawing its products from the EPEAT registry and will no longer be submitting its products to EPEAT for environmental rating... read more

UK: Halesowen Children's Organisation Pleeds for Clothes to Recycle, Demand for Recycled Clothes is a new source of income for Kids Charities

Having seen a huge drop in trade, attributed to continuing roadworks on its doorstep, a HALESOWEN children’s organisation called 'Kids Off The Street' which relys on recycling clothes to raise funds for the betterment of children has sent out a plea to local homeowners and local schools, youth clubs, churches and other community organisations to raise money by collecting clothes to be recycled. Founder of Kids off the Street Jon Sharpe said: “We are still open for business and any residents or organisations who want to raise cash can still drop clothes into our Coombes Road office... read more

Tetronics Celebrates Win at National Recycling Awards - Press Release, Tetronics wins the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Recycler of the Year 2012 category.

Tetronics Ltd., market leader in the supply of Direct Current (DC) plasma waste recovery plants for the treatment of hazardous waste and metal recovery, is delighted to announce that it has won the National Recycling Awards 2012 for the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Recycler of the Year. These awards recognise excellence in all parts of the waste hierarchy and in all sections of the industry, with awards ranging from ‘waste minimisation’ to ‘best recycled product’, and everything in between... read more

Recycles on Payment Protection Insurance, Have you been Mis-Sold PPI Insurance? Claim It Back ..

What is Payment Protection Insurance?. Payment Protection Insurance is an insurance policy that covers your future outgoings in case the worst should happen; illness, unemployment, death. Usually taken out for loans or credit cards, especially when requesting a loan or credit on purchases such as cars, Payment Protection Insurance would normally cover you for a period of 12 to 24 months after which it would cease to cover you... read more

UK: Viking for Schools and the Support Your School Recycling Scheme 'Little Litterbug' Eco-garden Competition, Your chance to win a £10,000 eco-garden for your school ... Deadline for entries is Friday 20th July

Viking for Schools, the schools supplies channel of Office Depot, is asking pupils from the UK to design a Little Litterbug to win their school an eco-garden up to the value of £10,000! Budding artists from the ages of 11 and under will take part by drawing, colouring or painting a Little Litterbug: a creature or a machine that can recycle their classroom’s waste and turn it back into something useful for their school... read more

Icelands Largest Electricity Producer Announces Agreement to Supply Renewable Energy Power with PCC, Renewable Energies to supply 52 Megawatts for Silicon Metal plant in Iceland

REYKJAVIK, Iceland - Landsvirkjun, Icelands largest producer of electric power, has announced that it has entered into a new power purchase agreement with PCC BakkiSilicon hf. Under the agreement, clean renewable energy will be provided to power a metallurgical grade silicon metal production plant being built by PCC in Bakki near Husavik on Iceland's north coast. The 32,000 ton facility is scheduled to come online in late 2015 and will require 52 megawatts (MW) of power, or 456 gigawatt-hours (GWh) annually, which will be derived from renewable sources such as geothermal and hydro... read more

UK: Police Crackdown on Metal Thefts and Scrapyards., Police Forces around the UK launch new measures to tackle the growing epidemic of metal theft.

UK POLICE forces are launching new measures to tackle the growing epidemic of metal theft across the country as Law Enforcement Bodies around the world share initiatives to combat the increase in offences. Schools, Community buildings, Churches, businesses, railways, power supplies, and even hospitals are amongst those that have all recently been targeted by criminals. In the UK, Operation Tornado is a national initiative aimed to make it easier to trace sellers of stolen metal and disrupt the activities of those dealers who operate illegal businesses... read more

USA: Kalamazoo River and Morrow Lake Re-opens, "The long wait to open most of the oil-damaged Kalamazoo River is now over -- just in time for summer,"

MARSHALL, Mich. June 21 -- Local, state and federal agencies responding to the Enbridge oil spill announced today that an additional 34 miles of the Kalamazoo River and the entire 2 miles of Morrow Lake are now open for recreational use. Part of the area referred to as the Morrow Lake Delta is still closed. The closed portion will be identified by buoys. Those using the river should follow buoy restrictions for their own safety and the safety of workers still conducting cleanup... read more

USA: Durham, NC selected for Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant, Prospect: Recruitment, Training, and Placement of Unemployed Individuals into Community Environmental Jobs

(ATLANTA – June 21, 2012) Today in New Orleans, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus announced Durham, NC as one of 15 grantees receiving $200,000 through the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) program. “People want and deserve both a healthier environment as well as greater economic opportunity,” said Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response... read more

USA: EPA Meet Puerto Rican Local Gov Reps in New York City to Discuss Environmental Challenges in Puerto Rico, High Asthma Rates, Recycling and Pollution Prevention Among Issues Discussed

(New York, N.Y.) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck met on Thursday, June 7, 2012 in New York City with representatives of local governments from Puerto Rico to discuss environmental challenges facing municipal governments in Puerto Rico, and explore solutions. The municipal and federal officials pledged to work together to reduce pollution, increase recycling and promote environmental stewardship on the island... read more

USA: EPA's Fifteen Hot Tips for a Cool Summer / Save Money, Water, and Energy, Meanwhile Protecting Health and Encouraging Environmental Learning

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released today a list of 15 tips for the summer season, which kicks off June 20th. Whether relaxing at home or off exploring the great outdoors there are many ways people can save money, cut energy costs and continue to protect the health of their families while still enjoying the summer. Tips for a safe and enjoyable summer: 1. Energy Star savings for your home: The average home spends almost 20 percent of its utility bill on cooling... read more

UK: Environment Agency: 'Illegal export of household waste to Brazil' Trial, Not Guilty Pleas will put the Da Costas before a Jury

Plea Hearing - Apr 2012 In April 2012, four defendants, Jonathan Coombe, 41, of Romford; Simon Edwards, 46, of Loughton in Essex; Julio Da Costa, 51, and Juliano Da Costa, 27, both of Swindon; all faced charges at a plea management hearing at London’s Central Criminal Court, presided over by Judge Gordon, relating to the alleged illegal export of waste to Brazil in South America in 2008 and 2009, in contravention of the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Act 2007... read more

UK: Merseyside Recycling Waste Authority offers Cash Grants for Halton for Community and Voluntary Group Projects, Deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday, June 29.

A community fund launched by Merseyside Recycling Waste Authority (MRWA) and supported by Veolia Environmental Services, is offering out a TOTAL of £60,000 for dispersion amongst community and voluntary groups in Halton. The scheme began accepting applications for the grants on May 28. Community groups, voluntary groups, partnerships and schools in Halton are among those eligible to apply for the money to put towards projects that will benefit the environment... read more

Gold and Silver Prices plus Market News Review, Gold Silver and Precious Metal News and Prices - Spot prices per gram or ounce

The primary stock composites in the U.S. finished the week strong and posted their best gains of the calendar year so far. The dollar rose higher versus the euro and the British pound and investors were feeling more optimistic that Spain would seek out bank bailout funding over the weekend. Although the news seemed to work against increasing the safe haven appeal of gold, the precious yellow metal price trend-line moved higher during the last trading session... read more

U.S. EPA Launches First Waste to Biogas Mapping Tool , Promotes Using Organic Waste for Generating Energy

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific Southwest Region has launched an online “waste to biogas mapping tool” to support the use of organic waste for energy projects. “This innovative mapping tool, the first of its kind in the nation, helps restaurants, hotels and other food waste generators to connect with large energy producers,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest... read more

Mott MacDonald appointed to Design And Construct Wind Farm in Scotland, A 46MW Wind Farm to be Located in Argyll in Scotland

Mott MacDonald has been appointed by GreenPower (Carraig Gheal) Limited as technical advisor and engineer under a International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) contract for the design and construction of an £80 million wind farm. The 46MW project will be located in Argyll in Scotland. The Carraig Gheal wind farm is being developed to increase the amount of power generated in the west of the country... read more

UK: Scrapyards targeted in major operation as police hunt metal thieves , The aim will be to disrupt the metal theft network by targeting those who trade in stolen items

MORE than 400 officers took part in a massive series of police raids on scrapyards and private addresses today as part of a crackdown on metal theft. Uniformed officers, detectives and specialist search units entered six yards across four counties at 10am in a co-ordinated move codenamed Operation Symphony. The officer in charge said it was one of the largest enforcement phases mounted by his force in response to a crime that posed a danger to the public... read more

Presentation of EPA’s 2012 National Notable Achievement Award for Citizen Excellence in Community Involvement, CCI Concerned Citizens Group Wins Award

(Kansas City, Kan., May 29, 2012) - EPA will honor a citizens’ community involvement organization this week for its successful work in addressing public concerns related to the Chemical Commodities, Inc., (CCI) Superfund Site in Johnson County, Kan. The recognition event for the CCI Concerned Citizens Group will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 31, at the CCI Superfund Site, 320 S. Blake Street, in Olathe, Kan... read more

USA: EPA awards $200K to the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Tribe for cleanup of abandoned Tribal Administration Building near Belcourt , Brownfields grant will lead to renovation and create usable office space

(Denver, Colo. – May 24, 2012) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa will receive a $200,000 Brownfields grant to clean up an abandoned Tribal Administration Building on Highway 5 West near Belcourt, North Dakota. The award is part of $69.3 million in EPA Brownfields grants provided to 245 communities across the nation to clean and redevelop contaminated properties, protect public health and create jobs... read more

NASCAR signs an agreement to raise awareness of environmentally friendly products , NASCAR and EPA Partner on Green Initiatives

WASHINGTON – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) signed an agreement to raise awareness of environmentally friendly products and solutions to address America’s environmental challenges. Today’s memorandum of understanding provides NASCAR with EPA technical assistance and environmental expertise, using EPA programs like Design for the Environment and the Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) framework, to help protect Americans’ health and the environment... read more

Maybe a WEEE bit of relief for Reuse Organisations, Review of Schedule 2 of the Controlled Waste Regulations (1992) - Proposals for amending and updating the legislation

The proposals in this consultation document only relate to charging powers for non-domestic ‘household waste’. No proposals are being made in relation to charging for collection of waste arising from domestic properties and this aspect has not been reviewed. In 1992, disposal costs were very small in relation to collection costs. Times have changed and disposal now forms the largest part of the overall cost of managing household waste, and costs are continuing to rise... read more

University of Utah ranks third in the nation in EPA’s Green Power Challenge, School’s commitment to green power propels Pac-12 to top conference status

(Denver, Colorado—April 18, 2012) The University of Utah ranks third in the nation among colleges and universities participating in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Challenge. The Utes earned this ranking by increasing green power use by 15% in 2011 and purchasing more than 98 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of green power, 36 percent of the university’s total power use... read more

Protestors call for a Public Demonstration to Save Delamere Forest from Destruction., Communities Against Delamere's Destruction (CADD) leads the way in a fight to prevent further destruction

The race is on to stop a 47 acre luxury holiday development in Delamere Forest as protestors call on those opposed to the plans to join them in a public demonstration. Demonstration to be held at the Delamere Forest Visitor Centre, Linmere, CW8 2JD. The protest is to take place on Sunday 25th March at 1pm and is scheduled to last around an hour. Forest Holidays, which is part owned by the Forestry Commission, is bidding to build 78 luxury lodges in Delamere Foest at Kingswood - designated an 'area of special county value, in the CWaC local plan, identified because of its high landscape quality... read more

Contaminated Scrap Metal Exported to Indonesia to be returned to UK, UK requested to repatriate the 1,800 tonnes of contaminated waste.

According to news released today, an investigation has started, run by the UK Environment Agency, working closely with Indonesian authorities, to determine if almost 90 containers of scrap metal exported from the UK, which were intercepted in Jakarta in January, constitutes a breach of the international laws on exporting waste for recycling. The containers cargo, described as scrap metal, totalling 1800 tonnes in weight was allegidly found to be heavily contaminated with liquid and mixed waste... read more

UK: Environment Agency: 'Illegal export of household waste to Brazil' prosecution to be heard at Old Bailey, Magistrates commit hazardous waste case for trial April 12

Magistrates at London Magistrates Court this morning committed Brazil hazardous waste case for trial at the Central Criminal Court in London starting April 12 2012. Read the FindMyRecycler Story The case follows a two-year investigation carried out by the Environment Agency, in partnership with Brazilian authorities, in which four men and three companies got accused of breaching terms of the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations 2007 causing huge embarrassment for UK Government and Environmental Protection Departments... read more

U.S. EPA Orders Cedar Valley Electroplating in Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Take Immediate Action to Address Hazardous Wastes, Cedar Valley Electroplating is located approximately 700 feet from a child care facility and approximately 1,000 feet east of a stream

(Kansas City, Kan., March 9, 2012) - EPA Region 7 is ordering Cedar Valley Electroplating L.L.C., a metal electroplating business, to take a series of immediate actions to address multiple issues with leaking tanks and containers of hazardous waste at its facility in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Under a unilateral administrative order issued by EPA in Kansas City, Kan., Cedar Valley Electroplating – and R Squared Properties, L... read more

Great Western Minerals Group's LCM Receives Rare Earth Metal Making Environmental Permit, UK: Environment Agency grants permit to produce Rare Earth Metals at at LCM's new Hooton Park location in Birkenhead

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN – Great Western Minerals Group Ltd. ("GWMG" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:GWG)(OTCQX:GWMGF) is pleased to announce that GWMG's wholly owned subsidiary Less Common Metals ("LCM"), located in Birkenhead, United Kingdom, has been granted its environmental permit to carry out electrolytic production of rare earth metals at LCM's new Hooton Park location. The permit, issued by the United Kingdom Environment Agency, enables LCM to produce rare earth metals in accordance with the highest of national environmental, health and safety standards... read more

Whitegoods Trade Association Conference 2012 Gets Recycling Boost, Appliance Engineers Conference gathers interest from Recycling and Refurbishment companies interested in the WEEE

The annual conference of the Whitegoods Trade Association was convened at the Coventry Hilton (February 24) with an impressive show of 150+ attendees. The attendance was a mixture of WTA members together with other delegates showing support from Appliance Manufacturing Companies, Producer Compliance Schemes, Work Providing Agencies, A notable Web Media Writer, Training Suppliers, & Appliance Wholesalers... read more

11 Year Old Girl Protests to Plymouth Herald Newspaper over EFW Planning Application Approval, Controversial planning application gained approval after committee heared plant was to be within 60 metres from the nearest home.

After a six hour debate ended giving approval for a hugely controversial and heavily protested EFW project in the docks of Plymouth on On Friday 23rd Dec 2011, and the formal approval being given earlier this month, today, a little girl has written to the Plymouth Herald newspaper to further her protest. Mistake made MY NAME is Cassidy Ruiz and I am 11 years old... read more

UK: Derbyshire Groups and Schools – Apply for Green Projects Cash before February 24th. , Act Quick !! .. Schemes involved in local recycling, energy-saving, nature conservation or environmental education, may be eligible for Grants.

Urgent action should be taken by any groups that are wishing to apply for the Greenwatch Action Grants which must be applied for by February 24 2012. Grants are available for groups and organisations who are involved in Green projects that emcompass actions that enhance the biodiversity or are otherwise involved in the natural improvement of Derbyshire. Greenwatch Action Grants worth up to £500 are to be handed out by Derbyshire County Council for Schemes or projects that involve local recycling, energy-saving, nature conservation, environmental education, allotments, etc... read more

USA: EPA Deputy Administrator Perciasepe Visits Recycling Technology Training Center in the Bronx, Per Scholas Strengthens Green Economy by providing refurbished Computers and Training to Under-served Communities,

(New York – February 17, 2012) A facility run by 'Per Scholas' which services the community with Technology Training whilst at the same time refurbishing computers bringing low-cost IT products to the homes of New Yorkers was visited today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe and EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. The nonprofit organization which was founded in 1995 in the South Bronx, provides job training and collects, refurbishes, redistributes, or recycles computers in the New York City area... read more

USA: EPA: $10 Million settlement reached - to cleanup and transfer land to Elem Indian Colony, The Elem Indian Colony will receive approximately 380 acres of uncontaminated land as compensation

SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a multi-party agreement to settle cleanup costs for seven mining sites in three states. The parties to the agreement include the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bradley Mining Company, the Worthen Bradley Family Trust and the Elem Indian Colony of Pomo Indians. Under the settlement, the Bradley Mining Company and Bradley Trust will transfer nearly all of their land holdings at the Sulphur Bank Mercury Mine to a new trust created to retain the lands pending EPA cleanup... read more

USA: EPA Chief travels to UCLA Lab where Futuristic Innovations in Nanotechnology will be Financed, Federal funding at work to finance technology innovation and more than 100 green jobs

SAN FRANCISCO – On Friday February 17th, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will join scientists, faculty, technology innovators and students at the University of California, Los Angeles to tour its Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology. The center has been awarded a $24 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation, and is working to train the next generation of nano-scale scientists and engineers... read more

Should you really donate gold or silver for charity recycling.. Find My Recycler says NO!, Does your donation count as recycling? Will your good-cause receive the full benefit of your donation?

Recently there has been a deluge of requests by groups and charities across the UK and the USA, and infact the world, requesting that you Donate your old jewellery to their cause... TV advertisement that started by asking for £2 per month, which recently rose to £3 per month and also to £5 per month have risen in numbers of late and it doesn't stop there. It is a growing concern that some of these charities, or the companies collecting on their behalf, are no longer satisfied with selling old clothes, toy, books and other objeda that are donated out of the goodness of the heart of the general public... read more

USA: The Largest Coastal No-Discharge Zone in the USA created as Feds Approve California Sewage Ban, Discharge of more than 22 million gallons of treated vessel sewage to find imediate prohibition

SAN FRANCISCO – U.S. EPA’s Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld will today sign a rule that will finalize EPA’s decision and approve a state proposal to ban all sewage discharges from large cruise ships and most other large ocean-going ships to state marine waters along California’s 1,624 mile coast from Mexico to Oregon and surrounding major islands. Today’s action establishes a new federal regulation banning even treated sewage from being discharged in California’s marine waters... read more

Bupa recycles to raise £174.04 for Magpas - The Emergency Doctor Service, Bupa Health Dialog in Cambridge do their part for the health of the planet

Staff at Bupa Health Dialog in Cambridge have raised £174.04 for the emergency doctor service, Magpas, by recycling 615 yoghurt pots and 7,987 coffee machine discs that they had collected during daily snack breaks since 2009 and sending their collection to TerraCycle, a London-based recycling company. Marie Townsend. Office Manager & PA at Bupa Health Dialog said: “This initiative enables us to do our bit in terms of resource conservation, recycling and up-cycling while at the same time earning much needed funds for a very worthy charity... read more

USA: City of Golden in Colorado – Christina and Eric Bear receive President’s Environmental Yout, Siblings recognized for radon awareness efforts

(Denver, Colo. – February 2, 2012) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Christina and Eric Bear of Golden, Colorado, have received the President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) for developing a project to inform Colorado homeowners about the dangers of radon exposure. Christina and Eric, in eighth and sixth grade respectively, initially reached out to EPA, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the American Lung Association in 2010 to get the Radon Awareness Project started... read more

UK: St David’s College, Llandudno - Recycling promotion scheme wins Coca-Cola ERBC prize, Olympic Torch Relay chance for one student from the school

A Third place prize has been claimed by pupils at St David’s College in Llandudno who devised a sheme for promoting recycling and discouraging littering for the National Final of the Coca-Cola Enterprises Real Business Challenge 2011. The project which took third place in a national competition has also won the chance for one pupil to carry the Olympic Torch on its journey around the UK. – St David’s pupil Ashleigh Meigh has been nominated by her fellow students to take part in the Olympic Torch relay St David’s College, Llandudno was one of 10 regional winners who travelled to London to take part in the national final at Wembley Stadium last week (25 January 2011)... read more

UK: Environment Agency: 'Illegal export of household waste to Brazil' case deferred until March, Illegal export of hazardous waste to Brazil in 2008 and 2009 – waste allegedly included. Blood, Syringes, Condoms, Diapers?

A court hearing following a two-year investigation carried out by the Environment Agency, in partnership with Brazilian authorities, after four men and three companies allegedly breached terms of the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations 2007, could be committed for trial at Crown Courts in London when the court reconvens for its committal hearing at City of London Magistrates Court in March... read more

Dubai Embarks on 20 year Waste Management Master Plan, UK-based Mott MacDonald appointed to develop an integrated waste management master plan

Struggling with a level of recycling that is proportionatly miniscule to the degree of waste that is generated in the emirate, which then goes to landfil, the Dubai Municipality has embarked on an integrated waste management master plan for the next 20 years which has a focus of reducing the waste generated and hightening the level of recycling. According to Assistant Director General for Environment and Public Health Services Sector at Dubai Municipality, the civic body has appointed a UK-based consultancy firm Mott MacDonald for developing the integrated waste management master plan... read more

Green children of Bolton show their worth to the nation in London Finals, Supporting the North West in The Coca-Cola Enterprises Real Business Challenge

Eight young Year 10 entrepreneurs from Turton High School are making a name for themselves showing local residents how to recycle via their award-winning featured on a Blackburn Road billboard. The environmentally-conscious children, pupils from Turton High School in Bolton, after winning the North West round of the Coca-Cola Enterprises Real Business Challenge, travelled to London this week to compete with another nine schools from across the country... read more

U.S. EPA Awards Innovative Plating Company in Clovis for Significant Reductions of Toxic Chemicals , Zero Discharge Facility Reduces 9,000 Pounds of Lead and Hex-chrome, Protects Workers, Public Health

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today recognized Valley Chrome Plating for its achievements in environmental and worker protection under the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP) program. The plating company, located in Clovis, Calif., successfully substituted lead anodes and hexavalent chromium with less harmful alternatives. These advancements have resulted in the reduction of these harmful chemicals by 9,000 pounds—significantly protecting the environment and worker exposure... read more

USA: Rayonier Inc. settles a $317,000 penalty to EPA for Financial Assurance Claims , "Today’s settlement will reduce the likelihood of improper handling of hazardous waste ...

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Southern Wood Piedmont Company and its parent company, Rayonier Inc., have agreed to pay a $317,000 penalty to resolve violations of hazardous waste financial assurance requirements and have obtained more than $41.7 million in financial assurance. Financial assurance protects public health and the environment by ensuring that financial resources are available to properly close and clean up facilities in the event that an owner or operator defaults on its closure, post-closure, or cleanup obligations under environmental laws... read more

UK: Proposed Metal Theft Bill Rejected by Parliament , British Metals Recycling Association – “The theft of metal is a huge issue for our industry and so we genuinely welcome the government’s increas

A proposed ban on scrapyards making cash payments for scrap metal received was put before parliament on Friday (January 20). The new proposed legalisation, the brainchild of Labour MP Graham Jones would restrict payments to traders of scrap metal to non-cash transactions, and would require them to take proof of identification and address when taking receipt of metals. When originally heard in November, parliament supported the motion, but on Friday (January 20) when the bill went for decision in parliament, government backing for the proposals were less than supportive... read more

USA: Environmental Protection Agency acts as recycling company poisons San Fransisco Bay, Evidence of unlawful discharges of PCBs, mercury, lead, copper and zinc into San Francisco Bay

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered Sims Metal Management, the world’s largest waste metals and electronics recycler to immediately cease illegal discharge of toxic pollutants to San Francisco Bay. Following a federal inspection of the Sims Metal Management’s Port of Redwood City, California, facility, during which regulators found evidence of discharges of PCBs, Mercury, Lead, and Copper the EPA has ordered Sims Metal Management to comply with federal Clean Water Act laws... read more

Sims Metal Management Purchases 16% Stake in Chiho-Tiande Group, Chiho-Tiande Group is a Hong Kong-based recycler boasts of being China's largest importer of mixed scrap metal.

Sims Metal Management Ltd. (SMM) is reported to have made a purchase of 166,696,754 shares in Chiho-Tiande Group Ltd. a Hong Kong-based recycler with operations in China and Hong Kong. This purchase equates to a 16% minority holding of the existing issued share capital of the Company. SMM has been granted an option by Delco, subject to agreement conditions, to acquire a further 20,837,095 shares, representing a another 2% of the company... read more

Council powers are curbed – No more £1000 fines for putting rubbish out on the wrong day!, “Honest, hard-working people have been punished for innocent mistakes with heavy-handed bin fines for far too long.

In a Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) consultation which started on 16 January 2012, lasting for 8 weeks, ending 9 March 2012, amendments were proposed which will abolish the criminal offence provided for in section 46 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, together with the £1,000 fine that can be imposed. To replace the criminal offence a new civil sanction will be put in place... read more

Straight plc UK wins contract to supply recycling equipment to public sector supplier, 4 year framework worth £8M to supply Steelybin range to YPO for its recycling customers

UK's leading manufacturer and supplier of waste and recycling container solutions, Straight plc an environmental products and services group, has secured a recycling linked contract to supply YPO with the . YPO is a public sector buying organisation who supplies more than 100 local authority areas in its customer base which encompasses schools, colleges and universities together with all major local government departments including Social Services, Catering, Transport, Highways, Building, Energy, Admin and Waste Management as well as the Emergency Services... read more

Councillor urges South Derbyshire residents to "Keep up the good work"., 63.99 tonnes of festive recycling gets the thumbs-up from council chiefs

After a humongous effort by householders of South Derbyshire this festive season, the district councillors are urging locals to sustain the effort into the coming months. Residents validated the specially designed drop-off points that were set out for the seasonal recycling. 54.76 tonnes of glass and 4.43 tonnes of cans, together with 4.8 tonnes of trees were deposited. Peter Watson, chairman of the authority’s environmental and development services committee praised local residents saying: “We would like to thank all our households for their hard work to help the environment” ... read more

Plymouth recycling firm teaches young offenders to do it the right way., Providing training opportunities for young ex-offenders in a bid to reduce any temptation to re-offend.

A PLYMOUTH recycling enterprise is already eyeing expansion just months after starting up. Chasing Paper only began operations in the autumn but it already has more than 100 business clients and is starting a kerbside collecting scheme in Roborough and Woolwell. The brainchild of managing director Lee Duke, who spent three years making the project a reality, Chasing Paper already recycles about three tonnes of waste a day... read more

UK: Yorkshire's children receive environmental education – Green Thumbs Style, Primary pupils from East Riding schools turning Green

Primary school children at several schools in the East Riding's area are to receive the benefit of tutoring in a series of recycling workshops and 'eco days' to be run by East Riding Council. A guest appearance by ERYC, the composting bear, or ERYCA, the recycling bear, can also be arranged. Waste and recycling officers from the council will visit schools to partake in assemblies, environment afternoons, eco-days, assist with composting clubs, and give talks on relative areas of the curriculum... read more

USA: The Results Are In: 2011 Game Day Challenge Winners, “Reducing, reusing, and recycling moves our nation towards .... sustainable tomorrow," says Mathy Stanislaus

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the winners of the 2011 Game Day Challenge, a competition among U.S. colleges and universities with the goal of lowering waste generated at college football games and increasing participation in and awareness of waste reduction programs. As part of the challenge which was underaken between September an November 2011 and to which more than 75 schools, colleges and universities across the USA participated, together with their 2... read more

Knowsley Councillors Approve SITA UK's Waste Plans, Plans could remove a half million tonnes of waste from Merseyside each year.

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority's (MRWA) Resource Recovery Contract is a contract aimed at development of facilities that will create energy from residual waste. There are two applicants for the contract, Covanta Energy and SITA UK Ltd. Plans proposed to Knowsley residents in July 2011 and since submitted to Knowsley Council for approval of a rail loading transfer station located on a site in Woodward Road Knowsley Industrial Park, Kirkby, have according to the latest news from SITA UK as reported by - read more

New York Enforces European Style Reuse and Recycling of WEEE, All electronic waste now banned from disposal includes: televisions, computers, computer peripherals

January 2011 sees the start of the New York State law being enforced to enroll consumers and commercial entities alike into manageing electronic waste legally and responsibly; encouraging all to take advantage of take-back, reuse, and recycling programs available to them. New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has outlawed both public and private operators from collecting electronic waste in the state unless it is to be reused or recycled... read more

Government fights back against High Court decision regarding Solar Panels subsidy cuts, Scheme success issues were the reason for the cuts .. a government minister said.

Today, Wednesday 4 January 2012, The government lodged an appeal in the High Court regarding a December decision to rule the reduction in subsidies for home PV panneling as "legally flawed". The government will argue that the the cuts were essential to the success of the scheme, which had a prime purpose of encouraging a carbon reducing form of energy for homeowners. The government will also argue that initiation of the cuts were not a foretold conclusion and therefore the ruling was premature... read more

Global e-waste dumping – Are you a contributor? Where does your waste end-up?, Waste of the west – poisons for children of the east

What do you want to happen to your electronic waste, e-waste, e-scrap, or Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)? The many descriptions or titles given to this form of waste all mean the same thing... (IT equipment & computers, CRT monitors, Flat screen monitors, MP3s, Mobile phones, Washing machines and many other household appliances. But when disposed of at a recycling center, collected by a local recycler, are you concerned where they go or what happens to them? Well you should be!... read more

Computer giant teams up with Highlands Council & ReBOOT to recycle 10,000 computers, Councils redundant computers to aid disadvantaged kids

A recycling project funded by Fujitsu & Highland Council aimed at recycling thousands of computers for use by communities and deserving children across the Scottish Highlands has been launched. The initiative, a spin-off from an earlier energy and carbon emissions cutting exercise by both Fujitsu and the Highland Council, to replace and upgrade the Highland Council’s office and schools IT systems, has been seen as a major environmental and community commitment... read more

Is your Christmas waste really waste?..., Waste does not have to be waste this Christmas .. Look at some suggestion to reduce landfill. Together we can reduce the burden on the environment.

by George Laugharne Whenever you take down your decorations, be it the 6th Jan as tradition would suggest, or whether you choose an earlier time to which a lot of working people are these days predisposed. Have a thought this year to the environment and to what happens with the disposable parts of your decorations and other seasonal waste like cards and wrapping... read more

USA: EPA Finalizes 2012 Renewable Fuel Standards, Implementing EISA’s requirement to blend more than 1.25 billion gallons of renewable fuels

December 27, 2011 WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized the 2012 percentage standards for four fuel categories that are part of the agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard program (RFS2). EPA continues to support greater use of renewable fuels within the transportation sector every year through the RFS2 program, which encourages innovation, strengthens American energy security, and decreases greenhouse gas pollution... read more

UK: Call for a WEEE bit of recycling this Christmas, This holiday time include the environment in with the thoughts for your family.

A campaign is being launched today, Boxing Day, which shows the benefits of recycling and helps the public find their nearest recycling point. The Government is backing the industry led campaign and calling on people to recycle their old electronic goods. Business Minister Mark Prisk said: "At this time of year more than ever, old unwanted electronics often get consigned to the bin or the back of a cupboard... read more

Oakfields Community College wins recycling grant, SCHOOL children who launched a business making and selling colourful recycled homeware have won a £2,500 grant.

Pupils at Oakfields Community College in Middlesbrough collect used plastic and turn it into products ranging from mouse mats to bowls. The scheme, designed to drive aspirations and develop business skills among students, has been given £2,500 by UK Steel Enterprise, the business support subsidiary of Tata Steel. The money from UKSE’s special Community Support Fund has enabled the school to buy equipment, including a shredder, to establish their ‘recycling plant’... read more

Almost a quarter of WEEE reusable, says WRAP , Almost a quarter of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) taken to recycling centres could be reused or repaired .... Waste & Resources A

The report titled ‘Realising the Reuse Value of Household WEEE’ centres on the quality of waste electrical items dropped at household waste recycling centres and collected as part of bulky waste collections, and found that 23% was either fit for resale and reuse or required only minor repairs before it could be resold. Resale WRAP calculates that the resale value of the reusable WEEE collected from HWRCs alone could total around £220 million, while the resale value of WEEE collected via bulky waste collections would be around £77 million... read more

Todays Spot Gold Price per gram; Spot silver price per ounce Mid-Day 20/12/2011, current trends in the world of learning

Todays Gold Price per ounce Spot Gold Price per gram; Silver price per ounce Spot silver price per ounce Mid-Day Today Gold futures dropped lower again throughout the opening trading session of this week. Trade volume is lower, and it should remain lower, throughout the remainder of the holiday season. The lower trade volume makes the market a more susceptible place for spin, whether it is positive or negative... read more

Legally flawed says the High Court to the government plans to cut subsidies for solar panels on home, High Court delays government plans to cut Solar Panels subsidies

The government had said that subsidies for households that installed solar panels would be halved from 12 December. Environmental charity Friends of the Earth and two solar companies went to court to test whether the proposals were lawful. The government has said it would defend a challenge at judicial review. Under the feed-in tariffs programme, people in Britain with solar panels are paid for the electricity they generate... read more

How to Recycle Christmas Cards, In 2004, the UK sent 744 million Christmas cards; if they were all recycled, it would have saved 248,000 trees.

Every Christmas, your friends and family send you lovely, meaningful Christmas cards. You hate to just throw them away. Not only is it a waste of paper, but the cards also hold sentimental value for you. Why not find a way to make the cards into something beautiful instead? Maybe you can even give them back to their original senders and start a thoughtful new tradition. One of the easiest thing to do with pretty Christmas cards is to cut out a square or rectangle from the design to use as a gift tag on your presents next year – use pinking shears or cut out a wavy edged template to make them more interesting... read more

2 year old plans to ship nuclear generators remains on hold , The shipping plan has been opposed by Canada, USA, UK and Sweden.

Controversial canadian plans to ship 16 decommissioned nuclear steam generators for recycling in Sweden remain on hold after 2 years. The 16 decommissioned steam generators, each the size of a school bus, were made redundant after a refurbishment of Bruce Power's 'Bruce A' nuclear reactor. Local oposition groups are still awaiting contact from Bruce Power 9 months after a propsed consultation... read more

Caerphilly borough schools encouraged to recycle batteries, "The more we can encourage schools to recycle batteries the better, says Cllr Lyn Ackerman

SCHOOLS in the Caerphilly borough are being encouraged to sign up to a new initiative to increase battery recycling across the county. The scheme, which was launched at Fochriw Primary School starts in January 2012, and makes it easy for pupils, staff and parents to get involved in saving thousands of waste batteries from landfill. An excellent 44 schools across the borough have registered to take part so far... read more

Charity received just £5,500 in 2009 from £1.9m trade in old shoes, There is good money to be earned from the Variety Club recycling bins, but the question is by whom?

In a Tesco car park in Edmonton, Bozena Przybyla bags up a pair of cork wedge heels to drop into the Variety Club recycling bin. She is not alone in Britain in trying to help the charity for sick, disabled and disadvantaged children by offloading some old shoes. In the last few years, well over 2,000 tonnes of footwear have been collected annually from similar shoe banks, each branded with the jaunty top hat and heart logo of the entertainment industry charity... read more

Self-cleaning cotton nanoparticle coating invented, Efforts to create self-cleaning cotton fabrics are bearing fruit in China.

Engineers have created a chemical coating that causes cotton materials to clean themselves of stains and remove odours when exposed to sunlight. The researchers say the treatment is cheap, non-toxic and ecologically friendly. Retail experts say the innovation could prove a hit with retailers thanks to a growing demand for "functional clothing". The research was carried out by engineers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Hubei University for Nationalities, and is published in the latest issue of the Applied Materials and Interfaces journal... read more

World’s Longest Bridge Made of Recycled Plastic, Constructed in Scotland, United Kingdom

Here at Earth911, we’ve seen boats, schools and greenhouses constructed out of plastic bottles, but now plastic bottles are being recycled into a different kind of structure in the U.S. and Europe – bridges. Over in Peeblesshire, Scotland, British company Vertech Composites just wrapped up construction on the world’s longest bridge made out of plastic bottles and other household plastic waste, CNN reported... read more

Tsunami Relief: Help People Not Whalers, Demand the Japanese government immediately end all whaling subsidies

Right now, the Japanese whaling fleet is barrelling south to hunt thousands of majestic whales, escorted by a 30 million dollar security force paid for out of the tsunami disaster relief fund! Anti-whaling champions were successfully blocking the Japanese whale hunt -- which is exactly why the Japanese government decided to swipe money from relief efforts to stop the activists from bothering the boats while they engage in their brutal slaughter... read more

University of Hertfordshire student wins recycling prize,

A student from the University of Hertfordshire received an early Christmas surprise when she was awarded a new iPad2 for recycling tins of baked beans. Shaun Fincher won the top prizeas part of a drive organised by the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership to encourage students to recycle. Tins of baked beans were handed out during freshers week, the first week of the university year, which students had to recycle in order to enter the competition... read more

Court blow to Solar Power subsidy cut, Friends of the Earth to Challenge the Government in the High Court

Government plans to slash solar power subsidies were dealt a blow yesterday, after a High Court judge ordered an urgent hearing into the move. Mr Justice Mitting ordered a judicial review to be held next week into the Government's decision to halve so-called feed-in-tariff solar power subsidies after hearing an application by Friends of the Earth. In a joint application with the photovoltaic companies, Solarcentury and HomeSun, Friends of the Earth argued that the Government's decision to introduce the subsidy cut on Monday – 11 days before the consultation period ends on 23 December – was illegal... read more

Panasonic Launches Appliances Made with Recycled Resources, Aiming to become the No.1 Green Innovation Company in the Electronics Industry.

Tokyo, Japan - Panasonic today announced the launch of a new line of environmentally-conscious appliances that are made with recycled resources. The new recycled source series of products includes a refrigerator, a rice cooker, a washer/dryer, and a vacuum cleaner, which incorporate recycled resin and vacuum insulation made from recylced glass. They will go on sale in Japan on February 20, 2012. Panasonic has been implementing initiatives aimed at reducing CO2 emissions and increasing use of recycled resources in its manufacturing processes... read more

Recycling Toxic Wastes, “Used Batteries From U.S. Expose Mexicans to Risk”

The export of hazardous electronic wastes, including lead acid batteries, to the developing world has irreparable public health effects in some of the most impoverished countries on earth. Dumping-by-export of hazardous wastes is prohibited by an international treaty called the Basel Convention. Lead acid batteries and other used electronics are covered by this treaty. While 175 countries have ratified that important treaty, three have not: Afghanistan, Haiti and the United States... read more

Large copper incense holder stolen from Arden Arcade Buddhist temple,

Congregants at a Buddhist temple in Arden Arcade are saddened by the theft of a large copper incense holder, which had spiritual and cultural significance. "This is a unique item, only one of them in the world," said Simone Brinkmann-Robinson, a member of Kim Quang Buddhist Temple on Alta Arden Expressway. The incense holder was stolen in pieces recently. Thieves came on three separate occasions, taking parts off the religious artifact, estimated to weight half a ton... read more

Llandough Hospital surgery suspended after cable theft, Eight cancer operations were cancelled after copper cabling was stolen from a hospital in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Eighty one patients were affected on Wednesday by the theft from a back-up generator at Llandough hospital near Cardiff. Hospital managers said Tuesday's theft of 100m of cabling was "dangerous and irresponsible". A new back-up generator is being tested before routine surgery can resume. It was too late for Wednesday's morning list of 36 operations, including two breast cancer operations, which was cancelled as a precaution... read more

26 Fayette County public and private schools compete in Aluminium Can Recycling contest, Lexington Herald Leader

More than 243,000 aluminum cans were collected for recycling by students in Fayette County during this year’s Cans for Cash recycling contest. In terms of weight, students collected 7,618 pounds of aluminum beverage cans, 32 percent more than was collected in 2010. The contest challenges public and private schools in Fayette County to collect and recycle as many aluminum beverage cans as possible during the month of October... read more

Wirral construction industry recycling venture, Recipro benefits community and charity projects

A NEW recycling venture which could be rolled out across the UK has launched on the Wirral. ReciproCity Wirral sells surplus construction materials to charities and community projects for less than half the retail price. Working with the web-based business Recipro, launched by Les Owens in 2008, the new service on Bromborough’s Greenfields Technology Park allows good causes, such as schools, charities, scout groups or youth clubs, to register their project along with a “wish list” of materials... read more

Mixed picture of metal recyclers' insurance premium hikes, Some metal recyclers have reported being hit with huge price hikes in their insurance premiums and may risk going uninsured to save costs.

One metal recycler told MRW that his premium had risen to £6,000 from £2,000 during the past three years for no discernable reason. He said he might leave machinery not in use, uninsured, to save money. He said: “Machinery cover has shot up and then you find you are not covered for fire - to tell you the truth I don’t think the policy is worth the paper it’s written on.” Another metal recycler reported that his premium had gone up by around 12% and he too did not understand why... read more

Your Waste Needn’t Be Waste this Christmas, Think Recycle

Christmas is a time of goodwill and celebration but it is also a time when more spending, eating and drinking leads to more waste being produced. During the festive season it is estimated that in the UK we use around 1 billion Christmas cards, 83 square kilometres of wrapping paper, 750 million extra glass bottles and containers, 500 million extra drinks cans and we buy about 8 million real Christmas trees... read more

It need't be waste at Christmas, Think Recycle

Christmas is a time of goodwill and celebration but it is also a time when more spending, eating and drinking leads to more waste being produced. During the festive season it is estimated that in the UK we use around 1 billion Christmas cards, 83 square kilometres of wrapping paper, 750 million extra glass bottles and containers, 500 million extra drinks cans and we buy about 8 million real Christmas trees... read more

How to Recycle Christmas Cards,

Every Christmas, your friends and family send you lovely, meaningful Christmas cards. You hate to just throw them away. Not only is it a waste of paper, but the cards also hold sentimental value for you. Why not find a way to make the cards into something beautiful instead? Maybe you can even give them back to their original senders and start a thoughtful new tradition. One of the easiest thing to do with pretty Christmas cards is to cut out a square or rectangle from the design to use as a gift tag on your presents next year – use pinking shears or cut out a wavy edged template to make them more interesting... read more

How can I reuse or recycle old glasses/spectacles?, By louisa

After some in-depth testing last week (closing one eye then the other, note blurriness, rinse, repeat), I suspect it’s time for me to get some new glasses. I get new glasses every other year or so: partly because with the ones I pick, it’s about the same cost to get completely new glasses as it is to get lenses replaced in my existing frames and partly because after wearing them for at least 12 hours a day, every day, after a couple of years I fancy a change... read more

Light bulb reverse vending recycling machine launched,

A reverse vending recycling machine for the collection and recycling of domestic light bulbs and domestic batteries has been launched by international technology specialist Revend Recycling Ltd. The company claims that patented reVend® machine is the first domestic light bulb reverse vending recycling machine of its type in the world. It has been jointly designed and developed by Revend Recycling Ltd and Repant ASA, a corporation listed on the Norwegian Stock Exchange... read more

Mitsubishi Electric invites schoolchildren to its renewable firm to learn the value of the 3 Rs, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Students (7 to 10 years old) from Templewood School in Pentley Park, Welwyn Garden City went to Mitsubishi Electric to learn the importance of reducing energy use in our everyday lives, re-using things wherever possible and recycling to help reduce carbon emissions and limit the effects of climate change. Parent Ian Pottinger, who works for TSG Building Services plc, a Mitsubishi Electric Accredited Heating Partner was keen to involve his son Jack's school as soon as he heard about the programme and even persuaded his company to pay the travel costs for the class... read more

Todays Gold price per ounce Spot gold price per gram; Spot Silver price per ounce , Gold Silver Rates News Today

Primary indices moved higher during the closing session of U.S. trading last week. A majority of European leaders came to an agreement on a debt crisis plan and indices responded in a favorable manner. Optimism is high as a result. Primary stock indices pushed higher, as did closing numbers for contract gold and contract silver price. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the last trading session higher by 186... read more

Group’s TV recycling idea wins gold, By SANIYA SHAH and MEERA NAIR Special to The Telegraph

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was written by the president of Green Chilies, a student environmental organization based in Nashua. NASHUA – Green Chilies was formed with the goal of providing environmentally friendly products to make the world greener. The first product idea, Green TV, was created with the goal of reducing and re-using e-waste. Green Chilies is an open-source nonprofit organization that supports and develops environmentally friendly ideas and projects... read more

EA sets up crime team to crack down on illegal waste sites, The Environment Agency (EA) plans to crack down on illegal waste sites

The taskforce, which will target sites in England and Wales, has received £5m funding for the next two years. The EA has identified some 600 active illegal waste sites and estimates that over 300 of them are within 50m of schools, homes or sensitive environmental sites. The team, which includes former police detectives, will work closely with enforcement partners to gather intelligence and act quickly to close any sites that are operating illegally... read more

Carpet waste diversion jumps by 60% over past year, Trade body Carpet Recycling UK announces 60% increase in recycling

Some 42,000 tonnes of carpet waste were diverted in 2010 and the industry now believes it is firmly on track to achieve its 25% landfill diversion target by 2015. Currently only 10% in total of carpet waste arisings each year (420,000 tonnes) is being recycled or recovered. Specialist carpet recyclers in the UK have increased from six to 24 in the past two years, comprising eight reuse specialists and 16 recycling and fuel flock producers... read more

Bridgestone debut a recyclable, none pneumatic, petrochemical free tires,

Major Japanese tyre manufacturers have released prototypes of next-generation products with more environment friendly features just in time for this year's Tokyo Motor Show - a tyre that does not need air to inflate and another made only of non-petroleum materials. Bridgestone Corp.'s new “air-free" tire uses a special kind of mesh like resin on the sides of the tire to support a vehicle's weight... read more

Recycled gold to meet more than 30% of Indian gold demand,

World's largest gold consumer, India is also turned out be a good gold recycling market these days as prices of the yellow metal peaks. India, where selling of gold, even for recycling is very low compared to other parts of the world, is not considered a better place to conduct gold recycling. However, the business gained pace in India as consumers preferred to cash in on prices. Observers said rise in scrap gold might cut imports this year... read more

Vince Cable's speech should inspire businesses to adopt sustainable models, Not all companies are averse to high environmental standards, but the government needs to show inten

The world is facing a resource crunch and businesses need leadership from government to encourage innovation around sustainable methods of production. By February 2012, the government will produce an action plan on resource security. Next week business secretary Vince Cable will make a keynote speech on the subject to Green Alliance's conference on resource security, hosted in association with the CBI... read more

Recycling bins in the frame, Swiss teacher prize has bin on holiday

THIS unlikely pair have won a prize in Switzerland. The green recycling bins near Rutland Water won first prize in a Swiss competition to find recycling containers in different parts of the world. Other recycling container locations entered into the competition included the Galapagos Islands and Barcelona. The competition, sponsored by the Swiss organisation “P.E.T. Recycling” which makes soft drinks bottles out of polyethelene-teraphthalate, was open to all Swiss residents and was won by a teacher who was in the UK on a biology course organised by Oakham School... read more

Police ‘need to do more’ to tackle bogus collections, Door-to-door clothes collector Clothes Aid has called for policing minister Nick Herbert to do more

Clothes Aid business manager Michael Lomotey told letsrecycle.com that while some police forces are working hard to tackle the problem, others are not and it falls to Mr Herbert to help resolve it. Clothes Aid has called for policing minister Nick Herbert to do more to tackle fraudulent clothes collections Clothes Aid has called for policing minister Nick Herbert to do more to tackle fraudulent clothes collections The comments came as textile recycling and charity associations launched ‘Bogus Bags’ a campaign to raise public awareness of the increasing problem of bogus door-to-door charity collections... read more

Councils 'failing' companies that want to recycle, UK's small businesses are being denied affordable recycling facilities, says trade body

Local authorities across the UK are failing companies that want to recycle more of their rubbish by not giving small businesses access to their recycling facilities, and forcing them to go through more expensive private contractors, according to the manufacturers' trade body. The result is to add costs to recycling for already hard-pressed manufacturers, and potentially depress recycling rates, the Engineering Employers' Federation said on Wednesday... read more

100 ton rubbish mound sent a fly-tipper to jail, Lush green fields turned into a wasteland by the actions of a rogue fly-tipper.

This is the desolate wasteland created by a rogue fly-tipper who dumped 28 lorry loads of rubbish across country lanes. Waste collector Wayne Richards, 36, created the mess after illegally dumping tonnes of rubbish rather than paying to have it safely disposed. His haul of waste included washing machines, a fridge, hundreds of bricks, garden waste - and a deckchair. Richards was paid to deposit domestic refuse safely at licensed sites - but instead chose to dump the lot in Hallen and Avonmouth, Somerset, to maximise his profits... read more

Green taskforce to blitz illegal sites, A specialist environmental crime taskforce has been launched to clamp down on illegal waste dumps.

The Environment Agency said the new taskforce includes former police detectives to gather intelligence and tackle illegal sites across England and Wales. The EA said it had identified 600 active illegal sites, more than half of which are within 50m of schools, homes or sensitive environmental sites. Environment Minister Lord Taylor said illegal sites cause misery for local people through fumes, smalls and noises, as well as environmental damage... read more

Schools’ recycling suffers,

Some of Suffolk’s public schools are finding it more difficult to recycle after the city removed public recycling bins that were spread around the city.Although the city implemented a curbside recycling program for all single-family homes in Suffolk, the city’s public schools don’t have a division-wide program. But some staff members are getting creative — or simply driving longer distances — to help their schools recycle... read more

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Mox plant U-turn by coalition stuns anti-nuclear campaigners , The government amazes Greenpeace over new mox fuel reprocessing plant plans

The government has astonished the anti-nuclear lobby by outlining plans to spend £3bn of public money building a new mixed-oxide fuel (Mox) plant – months after announcing the closure of a similar facility that lost taxpayers hundreds of millions of pounds. Energy minister Charles Hendry said Britain could not continue to keep the world's largest civilian stockpile of used plutonium stored at the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria... read more

Israel producing electricity from sludge,

JERUSALEM: Israel has developed a technology that can generate electricity from sludge. The sludge, which is mud, mire, or ooze covering the ground or forming a deposit, as on a riverbed, holds the potential to bust a city's budget. Thus, it needs to be treated and disposed of. An Israeli startup Global Recycling Projects Ltd... read more

'Climate poker' set for Durban,

Durban - UN climate talks on Monday enter their second week entangled in a thick mesh of issues with no guarantee that negotiators and their ministers will be able to sort them out.The 194-nation process is facing, for the second time in two years, the prospect of a bust-up, even as scientists warn against the mounting threat of disaster-provoking storms, droughts, flood and rising seas made worse by global warming... read more

Greenhouse was made out of recycled plastic bottles, Care Of The Environment Award

A GREENHOUSE made entirely out of recycled plastic bottles won Lyndhurst Junior School the Care of the Environment category. Youngsters at the school in Crofton Road, North End, Portsmouth, created the 8ftx6ft structure out of 1,500 two-litre bottles. Teacher Marian Green said: ‘This is a great achievement for the kids.‘A lot of children took part and it’s something they enjoyed... read more

Defra aims to clean up junk mail industry,

Initiative with Direct Marketing Association seeks to reduce the amount of unwanted mail households receive, as the UK aims for a zero-waste economy Read the artcicle by Mark King on defra junk mail industry at guardian.co.uk Advertisement read more

Vicar surprises suspected metal thief on church roof, More and more evidence piles up about the plague of metal thieving across the north

Most scrapyards are well-run according to the industry's strict code. But far too big a market remains for stolen metal Photograph: Don McPhee/Guardian Here's more on the plague of metal thefts which is threatening the heritage and disrupting travel in the north of England... read more

Wild bird populations in England and the UK, 1970 to 2010

Defra has published latest statistics on bird populations.  Population indices for farmland birds, woodland birds, water and wetland birds, seabirds and wintering wetland birds show how some bird populations have fared well over the past 40 years, whilst some bird species have experienced severe declines in their numbers.  Drawing on data from a range of national surveys and monitoring schemes coordinated by expert organizations, these statistics highlight the key trends... read more

UK pledges £10million to reduce deforestation in Brazil,

The UK Government is giving £10 million to a joint project to tackle deforestation in Brazil, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman announced today (Sunday 4 December 2011) at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa. The funding will support a project based in the Cerrado, central Brazil, and aims to reduce rates of deforestation by supporting environmental registration of rural properties and by helping farmers restore vegetation on illegally cleared land... read more

Reappointments to the Natural England Board,

Catherine Graham-Harrison OBE and Andrew Wilson have been reappointed to the Board of Natural England, the body responsible for enhancing and managing the natural environment, by Richard Benyon, Natural Environment and Marine Minister. Catherine Graham-Harrison and Andrew Wilson are reappointed for a further period of three years from 1 January 2012.  Ms Graham-Harrison will receive a remuneration of £12,136 a year for 37 days work... read more

Defra pledges over £1million extra funding for local authorities to tackle air pollution,

Local councils in England are set to benefit from over £1 million of additional Defra funding to tackle air pollution. The extra support was announced today in a speech given by the Environment Minister, Lord Taylor of Holbeach, at the Environment Protection Conference in London. In October, Lord Taylor announced that 51 councils across England would receive £2 million for a range of projects designed to reduce the levels of air pollution in our towns and cities... read more

NEW Electronics recycling TV AD Coming out boxing day, News from Waste Awarness & Recycle for Wales

Residents in Wales will be encouraged to use the post-Christmas lull to clear out their sheds and cupboards and recycle their electronic waste (e-waste). From Boxing Day, an advert on e-waste recycling will be shown to 34 million viewers in the UK, running for four weeks on the television network UKTV (channels include Gold, Watch and Yesterday). The 30-second film aims to increase public awareness of the need to recycle waste electronics, such as washing machines, fridges, televisions and electronic gadgets – anything with a plug or battery... read more

Silent Night - Done the recycler way, No longer a silent night

Recycle Now has teamed up with the resourceful members of the Really Rubbish Orchestra and Hear Me Now to play some well-known Christmas carols and raise awareness of the opportunities and importance to recycle small electronic and electrical goods. read more

Website Launch, BETA version of site now live

We are happy to announce the findmyrecycler website is now live in beta form. We hope the website will connect customers to recyclers around the UK in an effort to reduce waste, reduce carbon emissions from dumping and save money for consumers and companies alike. read more

Notice Of Public Meeting - 2011-11-22, To consider the proposal for a North Wales Waste Treatment Plant

A public meeting will be held on Tuesday 22 November 2011 at 6pm at Civic Hall, Fron Road, Connah's Quay, Deeside, Flintshire. CH5. The meeting will be addressed by experts in the treatment of waste to answer questions and give information relative to the likely impact on the local environment of emissions and effects of windblown emissions. There will be an opportunity to ask relevant questions and air your views... read more