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$2.8 million awarded to research consortium studying impact of Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Environmental and civil engineering consultancy HR Wallingford is one of a team of six research institutions led by Florida State University (FSU) which has …

WWF investigation reveals surprising extent of river pollution from sewage in England and Wales

Around 40% of rivers in England and Wales are polluted with sewage, according to the results of a nine-month investigation released by WWF on 16 October. The …

BP’s plan to deal with blowouts and spills near the Amazon Reef is unworkable, says Greenpeace

BP’s oil spill response plan, a key part of the firm’s application to drill for oil near the Amazon Reef in the Amazon Mouth Basin in Brazil, relies on …

South West Water to pay £142,524 for Devon and Cornwall waste discharges

South West Water has been ordered to pay more than £142,000 in fines and costs for discharging poor quality effluent from two of its sewage treatment plants, …

Government has cut marine plastic pollution by 2 per cent, but it could stop two thirds, says sustainability group

Plastic marine litter from the UK could be reduced by nearly two thirds with five simple actions, according to a new analysis by think tank Green Alliance. …

Water quality improving but Environment Agency urges more action

The majority of the UK’s water companies achieved close to or exceeded targets set to improve water quality, according to a new report published by the …

Tesco fined £8 million for petrol pollution incident

Tesco Stores Ltd has been ordered to pay over £8million in fines and costs after pleading guilty to a pollution incident. The incident, which occurred in July …

Case study: How one utility set up a specialist jetting unit

A £1.2m Yorkshire Water project to establish an in-house Operational Jetting Team is the first of its kind for the utility company. The new team, consisting …

South West Water fined for sewage spill near shellfish beds

South West Water has been ordered to pay £205,000 in fines and costs for discharging sewage into the Fal estuary in Cornwall. The case was brought by the …

Sponge soaks up and releases spilled oil

A new foam material developed at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois appears to offer a major advance in the effort to clean up oil spills near shore …

Record-breaking fine for Thames pollution incident

Thames Water was handed a record-breaking £20.3 million fine on 22 March – the largest ever penalty for a water utility – for releasing large amounts …

Leaked BP report sparks safety fears

A litany of failures in the way BP manages critical safety information may be increasing the risk of accidents at the oil giant’s plants across the world, …

Slurry spill results in £8,000 fine for farmer in Scotland

A renfrewshire farm partnership received a £8,000 fine from SEPA on 7 December, for pollution of the Locher Water on 18 March 2016. The incident involved a …

Emergency shower keeps hazardous materials confined and adapts to climate

Spill containment specialist Empteezy launched a “ground-breaking new emergency shower” at the ADIPEC oil and gas exhibition and conference in Abu …

Tap test gives faster way to confirm safety of oil and gas pipelines

A simple vibration test can help oil and gas companies prevent pipeline spills in a way that is faster and cheaper than conventional methods, according to …

WWEM 2016 lab conference focuses on priority pollutants

Laboratory analysts from around the world will congregate in Telford (UK) on 2nd and 3rd November to focus on the testing, monitoring and analysis of water, …

EA document appraises water firms’ environmental performance in 2015

The EA has released its 2015 summary of water and sewage companies’ environmental performance, offering a rundown of firms’ adherence to criteria such as …

Severn Trent Water fined £426,000 for repeated raw sewage leaks in to the Shire Brook

Pollution incidents occurred on three separate occasions On 21 July 2016, at Nottingham Crown Court, Severn Trent Water Limited was fined £426,000, ordered to …

United Utilities and contractors fined almost £1m for polluting brook with corrosive bleach

United Utilities Water Limited (UU) has been fined £600,000 and its contractor, KMI Plus* £333,000 at Bolton Crown Court on Friday 24 June 2016 after …

Lining system safeguards against ‘future fuels’ leaks

Asset resilience specialist Adler & Allan has added TankTechnic Lining Systems to its portfolio of tank services. Providing targeted corrosion prevention …

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