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Water companies need to do more to protect the environment, says EA report

Water companies need to do more to protect the environment, says a new Environment Agency report published on 11 July 2018. Although there has been a gradual …

Firm to unveil new sensors at oil spill monitoring event in June

Chelsea Technologies Group (CTG) is among the sponsors of the 4th Premiam Conference “Post Spill Monitoring, Looking Back and Moving Forward” on …

Wastewater treatment plants are key route into UK rivers for microplastics, says study

Water samples from UK rivers contain significantly higher concentrations of microplastics downstream from wastewater treatment plants, a new study appears to …

UK Government announces £200k to fund research into microplastics pollution pathways

The UK Government has awarded £200k to a group at the University of Plymouth to conduct research that aims to better understand the nature of the threat posed …

EA water quality report “woefully short on action” to control runoff pollution

An Environment Agency (EA) state-of-the-nation update, warning that 86% of England’s water bodies fail to meet ‘good’ status, is strong on facts but …

‘Far too many serious pollution incidents’ says Environment Agency water quality report

Environment Agency Chair Emma Howard Boyd has called on water companies and farmers to cut the amount of pollution incidents harming England’s waters and for …

Novel biomaterial for PFCs removal wins €1.4m grant

CustoMem says the bio-adsorbent can selectively capture micropollutants like Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs) from wastewater …

Time to get a grip on runoff pollution?

Jo Bradley offers an overview of this kind of surface water runoff pollution, existing regulatory issues and solutions such as the use of sustainable drainage …

Coping with the unexpected

Bruce Wishart, founder of award-winning spill containment firm Empteezy, offers thoughts on Brexit, the changing face of the spills sector and safeguarding …

$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 …

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