Press release: 27 illegal waste sites uncovered by Environment Agency and HMRC sting

first_img We will be following up on every single site where we’ve found illegal activity so we can put a stop to activities that blight our neighbourhoods, our environment and our economy. Working closely with HMRC to investigate these reports from local communities has helped us strengthen our working relationship, identify sites of interest, and prevent and disrupt crime that puts people, wildlife and legitimate businesses at risk. We take waste crime extremely seriously, and formal investigations into these sites are now underway. We rely on intelligence from local communities to put a stop to waste crime, so if you have information about suspicious activity, report it to us by calling 0800 80 70 60. The largest one-day sting ever carried out by the Environment Agency and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has confirmed illegal activity at more than 2 dozen waste sites across Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Leicestershire.Officers found 4 sites where waste had been burnt illegally, a further 4 which were actively and illegally treating and transferring waste, and a number containing construction and demolition waste, vehicle parts and household waste.Among the rubbish, officers observed shredded plastics, soil, rubble, scrap metal, tyres, pallets – and, at one site, a number of discarded toilets.Some of the sites contained overflowing skips and more than 5,000 tonnes of waste being stored illegally.A total of 54 sites were visited by officers; of them, half were found to be operating within the law. Those that weren’t will receive written guidance from the Environment Agency clarifying the steps they must take, and follow-up visits will be arranged to make sure the site operators comply.Pete Stark, Environment Agency Enforcement team leader, said: Evidence gathered from the visits will be used against those breaking the law. Further enforcement action could include work with local authorities, the police, and HMRC to prevent and disrupt crime, the serving of notices to have waste removed from land, and prosecution of offenders.If convicted of illegal waste activity, offenders face unlimited fines and up to 5 years in prison.Earlier this year EA officers in Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire visited nearly 30 sites in a single day – uncovering illegal activity at 11. Across both counties, more than two dozen cases are currently under formal investigation.More information on the requirements for disposing of business or commercial waste can be found on gov.uk.Illegal waste activity is estimated to have cost more than £600m in 2015 in England alone.However, over recent years, the Environment Agency has made great strides in tackling waste crime; more than 5,400 were stopped between 2011 and 2017 and an average of two sites are shut down every day.last_img read more

PP Učka launched the Učka 360 project worth HRK 50 million

first_imgUčka Nature Park in cooperation with partners has launched the project “Učka 360” which aims to create new jobs, improve the tourist offer and extend the tourist season.By signing the grant agreement within the Call for Proposals Promoting Sustainable Use of Natural Heritage in National Parks and Nature Parks, within the Operational Program “Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020”, the Učka 360 ° project was officially launched.This is a project of the Public Institution Nature Park Učka and partners – Municipality of Kršan and the Association BIOM, which provides for the construction and equipping of the Visitor Center Gift and 4 more facilities (3 volunteer information centers in Rovozna, Podmaj and Lovranska Draga and interpretation center in the former school Susnjevica ), development of innovative programs based on natural and cultural heritage and improvement and expansion of existing educational programs of the Učka Nature Park.The total value of the Učka 360 ° Project is HRK 49.907.256,75, of which HRK 38.541.982,09 is the total eligible costs. The project is co-financed by the European Union with HRK 32.760.684,77 in grants from the European Regional Development Fund and the Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency with HRK 3.449.711,97, while the rest of the eligible costs were provided by the Ministry of Environment and Energy from the state budget and partners.The general goal of the project is to improve the system of visits and education in the Učka Nature Park for the purpose of sustainable use of natural heritage, while the specific goals are to increase the attractiveness and diversity of the Učka Nature Park by developing infrastructure and programs for visitors and raising visitors’ knowledge of the Učka Nature Park. in visiting programs. The central place of the project is the construction of the Gift Center for Visitors, which will be realized by the reconstruction and conversion of the old farm building into a modern multipurpose building with interpretive, educational, tourist and administrative facilities. The contents of the Park realized through the project will create conditions for the creation of new jobs, will improve the tourist offer, contribute to the extension of the tourist season and the overall socio-economic development of the destination.The entire project must be implemented in 45 months, ie by April 2021.Related news: Griffon Vulture AS A TOURIST PRODUCT?last_img read more

Blackwater owner hoping for the best amid lockout fears

first_imgJo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award With the fire between the Board of Governors still yet to be doused, expressed worries about a possibility of a lockout in the PBA’s 43rd season.Sy shared that the possibility of the seven teams excusing themselves from playing was initially discussed when the status of Narvasa’s commissionership first came up.“When they were fighting for the commissioner, we said that if they force it, the seven teams might not play, so there’s gonna be a lockout because the five other teams cannot play on their own,” he said.But he is hopeful that the whatever issue affecting the league would be resolved in time for the opening of the 43rd season.“Let’s hope for the best. Let’s just hope that there won’t be any lockout. We don’t want to see something like the NBA lockout a few years ago and there’s no tournament. We need to give fans assurance that by December 17, the PBA should be on the roll already,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES “Now, it’s no longer that heated in the board room. The five teams are more or less agreeing to have a search committee on the new commissioner,” he said.“I heard there are plans to have a search committee to see who are available candidates and I heard the Board might be working on it. Maybe by next week, there should be a good news that will come up.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneBut the annual planning held in Los Angeles, where it was expected that the issue regarding Chito Narvasa’s fate as commissioner would be resolved, was for naught with four governors–including chairman Ramoncito Fernandez of NLEX—absent from the trip.Blackwater is with the seven-team bloc, together with NLEX, TNT, Meralco, Alaska, Rain or Shine, and Phoenix calling for the head of commissioner Chito Narvasa, while the five others — San Miguel, Ginebra, Star, GlobalPort, and Kia, have all backed the beleaguered league executive. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson The impasse between the PBA Board of Governors remain, but Blackwater team owner Dioceldo Sy observed that cooler heads have prevailed since the two sides’ war of words two weeks ago.Sy is also expecting the search for the next PBA commissioner to commence soon.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Young England stifle Neymar’s Brazillast_img read more