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News round-up 21/1


Drilling permit includes waste clause; Environment committee chair steps down; Yorwaste renews contract; Hospice donation from bag charge

Drilling permit includes waste clause

An environmental permit has been issued for an exploratory oil and gas borehole in South Wales and to make sure that all waste generated by the work is managed properly.

The permit, issued by Natural Resources Wales to UK Methane Limited to drill in Foel Fynyddau Forest, Pontrhydyfen contains clauses to ensure that waste such as drilling waste, rock and soil is recovered or disposed of in a way that protects the environment and local communities.

It does not allow the company to conduct any hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) or to extract any oil or gas.

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Environment committee chair steps down

Huw Irranca-Davies has resigned as chair of the Environmental Audit Committee to run for a seat on the Welsh Assembly less than a year after being elected to the role.

He said: ”It was an honour to be elected chair of Parliament’s cross-party green watchdog and I would like to thank my colleagues on the committee for their hard work since the election. 

”In the brief time I have been on the Environmental Audit Committee we have had a major impact raising important questions about diesel emissions, the privatisation of the Green Investment Bank, and the environmental impact of Heathrow expansion.”

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Yorwaste renews North Yorkshire contract

Waste management company Yorwaste has renewed its contract to transfer and process four local authorities’ waste in North Yorkshire.

Yorwaste has won a three-year contract with Harrogate Borough Council and Craven, Hambleton and Richmondshire district councils, who the company has been working with since 2012.

The new contracts will start in January for Harrogate, Hambleton and Richmondshire and April for Craven.

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Hospice donation from bag charge

Scotland’s Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead has welcomed a £16,000 donation to Marie Curie, with money coming from the carrier bag charge introduced in the country in October 2014.

The money, raised by in the first full year of the charge from 60 of the B&M Home stores across Scotland, will go towards local Marie Curie services which support people living with a terminal illness and their families.

A similar charge has been in force in England since October 2015.

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