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  • England’s new recycling road map

    In the introductory comments to the 124-page ‘Waste strategy for England 2007’, the government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) hails ‘major progress’ in recycling rates since the year 2000 but immediately counters with the assertion that England’s performance on waste ‘still lags behind many European countries’.  Designed to be a road map highlighting the ...


    By Recycling International

  • Techno-optimism: progress towards CO2 reduction targets in transport: a UK and London perspective

    Transport is making a very limited contribution to carbon emissions reduction targets in the UK, and this paper argues the case for a substantial shift in thinking away from the concentration on technological alternatives to a revised approach that combines technological efficiency with behavioural change. The paper presents a critique of the UK approach to energy and transport, commenting on the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Investing for a Sustainable Future: From best practice to common practice

    For the last few years, trade unions together with social and environmental organisations representing a large and diverse group of NGOs from all over Europe, have been cooperating in the field of sustainable development. We share a common belief that sustainable development serves the goals and values of our organisations and members. In joint publications we have welcomed and commented on ...

  • Authorisation: ECHA recommends 10 substances SVHC for the authorisation

    What is the ECHA recommendation? Ten substances recommended for the authorisation by ECHA are chosen according to their danger characteristics and for the volume used, as well as the potential use related to human exposure. In the choice of substances ECHA has taken account of the comments received during the public consultation last ...


    By Selerant srl

  • Dazed and Confused: Alternative fuels and the CISWI definitions rule

    As discussed in ALL4’s December 2008 issue of 4 The Record, the use of alternative and non-traditional fuels for heat and power generation is on the rise, an increase that can be attributed to the price surge and volatility of traditional fossil fuels, as well as to a general desire to use more environmentally friendly materials to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Alternative fuels have been ...


    By All4 Inc.

  • EPA Proposes Stronger Standards for Certified Applicators

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued aproposal to revise the Certification of Pesticide Applicators rule.  EPA is proposing stricter standards for people certified to use “restricted use” pesticides (certified applicators).  Restricted use pesticides are not available for purchase by the general public, require special handling, ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • EPA proposes dropping plan to write effluent guidelines for coalbed methane

    The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to drop its plan to develop effluent guidelines for coalbed methane extraction, according to a notice scheduled for publication Aug. 7. EPA's notice, summarizing a biennial report on preliminary effluent guideline plans, said it was proposing the change ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • What`s Cooking? From GM Food to Nanofood: Regulating Risk and Trade in Europe

    Abstract: Focusing on the interests of the end-consumer, and using the emergent 'nanofood' sector as the primary reference point, this paper provides a commentary on the efficacy of Community food safety law. Looking behind the public relations patter that peppers both industry and institutional commentaries, this investigation considers the particular challenges presented by food-related ...


  • Whats Cooking? From GM Food to Nanofood: Regulating Risk and Trade in Europe

    Abstract: Focusing on the interests of the end-consumer, and using the emergent 'nanofood' sector as the primary reference point, this paper provides a commentary on the efficacy of Community food safety law. Looking behind the public relations patter that peppers both industry and institutional commentaries, this investigation considers the particular challenges presented by food-related ...


  • EPA Releases Draft NPDES Pesticide General Permit for Discharges

    On January 26, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Discharges from the Application of Pesticides in the Federal ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Guest editorial: the IRIS assessment of inorganic arsenic: is science being hijacked?

    The arsenic IRIS assessment exemplifies the current administration’s unwillingness to walk its own talk on transparency and scientific integrity. Early in her role as the EPA Administrator, Lisa P. Jackson expressed her now familiar mantra that regulatory initiatives must be “transparent” and risk assessments must be conducted to “ensure the highest levels of scientific ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • EEA Signals 2010 - Biodiversity, climate change and you

    WHAT IS SIGNALS? The European Environment Agency (EEA) publishes Signals each year, providing snapshot stories on issues of interest to the environmental policy debate and the wider public in the coming year. At EEA, we monitor the environment across our 32 member countries in partnership with our network. From researchers up to their knees in water to satellite imaging from ...

  • WebTrak - example press campaign for WebTrak release

    The following slides contain some references to press releases given by various organisations in response to the launch of WebTrak at Vancouver in May 2009 Similar communications have accompanied many of the WebTrak launches. These can be used as examples to illustrate what can be expected in the initial stages after WebTrak release. VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FIRST IN CANADA ...

  • Multi-level environmental governance: a concept under stress?

    IntroductionThe past decade has witnessed a change in the world order of environmental policy making. The strongholds of national environmental policy competence gave room for international regimes beginning in the 1980s, a development that reached a peak during the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. Since then the direction of governance patterns has partly been reversed. However, the trend is not back ...


    By Taylor & Francis Group

  • A sustainable future for transport: Towards an integrated, technology-led and user friendly system

    ACEA, the European Automotive Manufacturers Association, welcomes the publication of the Commission’s Communication that will serve as a basis for discussion in view of the preparation of the new White Paper on Transport Policy. Following a careful reading of the Communication’s text, ACEA identifies some important missing elements and urges the Commission tincorporate them in the current debates ...

  • Rebuilding trust through stakeholder engagement

    In the past few years CR has undergone a major surgical facelift and is no longer seen as a fluffy element of business or as an exercise in philanthropy.  As part of this transformation NGOs are now seen as partners rather than threats, public relations has become transparency, and philanthropy is simply the cost of doing business. CR has become a hard-nosed business decision that provides ...


  • The First Step – US Department of Labor issues GHS notice of proposed rulemaking

    On September 30, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the Department of Labor published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that starts the long process of introducing the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) into North America.This Notice (Docket No. OSHA-H022K-2006-0062) proposes to modify OSHA’s current Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to conform with the system for ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

  • Washington: hazard standards

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed on Sept. 30, 2009, to align the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) with provisions of the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The HCS requires chemical manufacturers and importers to evaluate chemical hazards and provide information to subsequent users. The standard now ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • EPA Issues “Catch-Up” Adjustments for Federal Civil Penalties

    On July 1, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued in the Federal Register an interim final rule adjusting penalty amounts for Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) violations by more than three times the current level, in some cases. The rule also adjusts the level ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Groundwater reclassification for five corners area

    Ralph Penney, president of Penney Engineering, sent a letter in April to Tisbury town officials and property owners around the Five Corners intersection in Vineyard Haven asking for their support for a change in the way the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) classifies the area's groundwater. Mr. Penney plans to petition the DEP for a change in the area's designation from ...


    By Penney Engineering, Inc

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