Tag Archives: pollution

Banning the use of microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products

Close of submissions of representations on the draft legislation: 15th October 2017. Defra has published the summary of responses to its consultation on banning the use of microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products. The draft legislation which will bring the ban into force in 2018 in England has also been published and representations can

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Consultation on investigating options for reducing releases to the environment of microplastics (European Commission)

Closes 16th October 2017 The European Commission has launched a public consultation on options for reducing releases of microplastics into the marine environment. The aims are to collect views from stakeholders and the public on policy options and to gather further information and evidence on sources of microplastics pollution and policy options for the reduction

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Great Winter Nurdle Hunt 3rd to 5th February 2017

Nurdles, also known as mermaids tears, are tiny little pellets of pre-production plastic and can be found washed up on beaches around the UK. It is thought that these nurdles make it into the sea due to mismanagement in factories which make their way into waterways as well as nurdles being accidentally distributed during transit. Nurdles are

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Closed: Microbead Consultation

Closes 28th February 2017. Defra, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland have launched a consultation to seek views on the UK’s proposed ban on the manufacture and sale of cosmetics and personal care products containing microbeads which may harm the marine environment. The

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‘Flushable’ Products Protest by UK Water Companies

UK water companies have recently complained to Trading Standards regarding branding on items such as flushable wet wipes stating that they are contributing towards blockages in sewer systems. It is estimated that it costs £88 million per year to unblock sewers mainly caused by wet wipes and other hygiene products. Those companies who acted recently

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Consultation: Changes to Regulations to Recover Costs of Services under Offshore Petroleum Activities (Oil Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2005 and Offshore Chemicals Regulations 2002

Consultation closes 6th September 2016, 5 p.m. The Government is consulting on a proposal to amend the Oil Pollution Prevention and Control (OPPC) and Offshore Chemicals Regulations (OCR) to allow charging for certain regulatory services where there is currently no power to charge for these. Views from the oil and gas industry, and other stakeholders

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Closed – responses for Environmental Impact of Microplastics Inquiry

Deadline for responses: Friday 15th April The Environmental Audit Committee, a Commons Select Committee, launched an environmental impact of microplastics in March 2016. The issues they are investigating include the scale, sources and consequences of microplastic pollution in the ocean, the state of knowledge/understanding of the issue and strategies for dealing with the issue. The

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UK MARLISCO Forum 10th December 2014, London

The UK MARLISCO Forum is scheduled for the 10th December. MARLISCO (MARine LItter in European Seas: Social AwarenesS and CO-resposibility) is a European Seas project seeking to raise public awareness of litter problems within the marine environment, and to promote sustainable management to reduce marine litter originating from land and sea based sources. The marine environmental

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Consultation on the Sulphur Content of Marine Fuel

This consultation closes at 1 July 2014 4:00pm The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is consulting on the draft Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) and Motor Fuel (Composition and Content)(Amendment) Regulations 2014 implementing EU Directive 2012/33/EU on the sulphur content of marine fuel. They are seeking views from industry on the Government’s proposals

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Closed – Consultation on the establishment of a quantitative reduction headline target for marine litter

The European Commission’s DG Environment has launched a consultation on setting an EU-wide quantitative reduction headline target for marine litter. The consultation runs from 25th September to 18th December 2013. Marine litter was one of the items discussed at the Rio+20 UN Sustainable Development Conference, with delegations committing to take further action to achieve reductions

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