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News round-up 14/7

Stroud’s EfW challenge fails; Death in shredder ‘accidental’; Council suspends garden collections for offenders; Goldsmith brother launches green fund; New ISO 14001 guidance published

Stroud’s legal challenge fails

Stroud District Council has failed in a legal bid to overturn a decision by former Communities’ secretary Eric Pickles to back the £500m Javelin Park EfW scheme in Gloucestershire.

Pickles’ department had backed an appeal from developer Urbaser Balfour Beatty against Gloucestershire County Council’s withdrawal of planning permission in March 2014, finding the the EfW plant would bring “substantial public benefits.

Stroud Council, in which area the facility will be built, went to the High Court in June claiming the negative impact of the development on the landscape had not been properly considered but the case was thrown out on 10 July.

Court report

Death in shredder ‘accidental’

An inquest jury has returned a verdict of accidental death after a fatality at Mid UK Recycling’s plant in Lincolnshire in 2013.

Karlis Pavasars, 55, had to be identified by DNA from his toothbrush after he fell into the shredder. His widow told the hearing in Lincoln he was experienced enough to know not to climb on the conveyor belt leading to the shredder.

The Health and Safety Executive launched an investigation after the death, which police said they were not treating as suspicious.

BBC News

Council suspends garden collections for offenders

Copeland Council in Cumbria has told a group of householders it will not collect garden waste for six months because household rubbish was repeatedly put into their brown bins.

The councils says bins from the seven homes in Cleator Moor contained large amounts of non-garden waste, which resulted in an entire lorry load being sent for disposal, rather than made into compost.

After previous contamination incidents, officers provided stickers for their bins explaining what can and cannot be collected.

Press release

Goldsmith brother launches green fund

Ben Goldsmith, brother of Conservative MP and environmental campaigner Zac Goldsmith, is floating an investment fund backed by high-profile business figures to invest in green businesses.

Menhaden Capital will target business opportunities that specialise in saving resources such as energy and water or cutting waste.

The investment trust will raise £150m by selling shares on the London Stock Exchange at the end of July. It has already attracted investors who will contribute about £80m, including Deborah Meaden of BBC’s Dragons’ Den; Tom Singh, the founder of New Look; and Louis Bacon, the hedge fund billionaire.

The Guardian

New ISO 14001 guidance published

The latest milestone in the revision of ISO 14001 has been reached with the issue of ISO/FDIS 14001. This document (see file, right) is the final draft before the publication of the standard (scheduled for September 2015).

The convention at ISO is that only editorial changes to the text are permitted between the issue of the FDIS and final publication of the standard, so FDIS 14001 will almost certainly contain the requirements of the revised version.

ISO 14001 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system and can be certified to. It maps out a framework that a company or organisation can follow to set up an effective environmental management system.

Press release

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