Press release: Environment Agency agrees first Enforcement Undertaking for odour pollution

first_img This is the first time an EU has been accepted for alleged permit breaches relating to odour at an Installation, which is a huge achievement. Since the Operator invested and addressed the issues on site the reduction in odour has been noted by local businesses. Whilst a site like this may never be completely free of odour, we are really pleased with the outcome for the local community. We are continuing to monitor odour around the site to check that the measures continue to be suitable for minimising the impact from odour. The Environment Agency is receiving more EU Offers since they became available in 2015 and we assess and accept them where the offer adequately addresses the offending and restores and benefits the environment”The EU was completed on 24 May 2018. An Enforcement Undertaking (EU) has been agreed with Renewi UK Services Ltd, formerly Shanks Waste Management Ltd, after the company were suspected of causing odours, following a history of odour complaints.The site on Sowerby Woods Industrial Estate, Barrow-in-Furness, is one of two in Cumbria which takes the county’s municipal waste. Waste at the site is processed, the recyclates are removed and the remaining waste is turned into Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF). Local businesses and residents have complained of being affected by odours from the site since 2014. These reports were investigated by the Environment Agency and the Operator has subsequently put additional measures in place to minimise the impact of odour.When appropriate, it may be in the public interest to accept an EU from an Operator rather than prosecuting them for an offence. EUs allow those who are suspected of committing offences to restore the environment and to take steps to prevent a recurrence. When appropriate, they allow a quicker resolution than a prosecution and help offenders who are prepared to take responsibility for their actions to put things right voluntarily, working with their local environment.Having worked with the Operator to identify changes that were needed the Environment Agency accepted the EU offer which included an increase in the biofilter stack height, alterations to the management of the processes on site and increased sampling and monitoring.As part of the EU, the Operator has also donated £60,000 to a local environmental charity which will benefit the local environment, made compensation payments to a number of local businesses and individuals as well as paying the Environment Agency’s investigation costs.Claire Westgarth, Environment Agency Installations Team Leader said:last_img read more

QE sees deficit at Bank of Ireland pension fund increase by €700m

first_imgThe deficit in one of Ireland’s largest pension funds has increased by €700m in the wake of the European Central Bank’s programme of quantitative easing (QE).Bank of Ireland (BoI) said that, despite a 10% increase in asset value, up from the €6.5bn reported at the end of December last year, the fund’s deficit nevertheless increased.According to the company’s most recent annual report, liabilities for the Bank of Ireland Staff Pension Fund (BSPF) – employing a discount rate of 2.2% and inflation assumptions of 1.5% – stood at €7.5bn at the end of last year.In an interim management statement, BoI said the impact of the central bank’s QE programme had resulted in a €700m increase, to €1.7bn, in the IAS 19 deficit. However, the 80-basis-point drop in discount rates should have resulted in a nearly €1.3bn increase in liabilities.The impact of QE would have been offset by lower than expected inflation.The bank calculated in its 2014 annual report that, for every 10bps decrease in inflation, it would see liabilities fall €101m, compared with a €407m increase per 25bps decrease in the discount rate.Industry association PensionsEurope recently warned that pension funds risked being “collateral damage” as further monetary easing policies were launched, and urged regulators to consider postponing valuations or being more lenient as deficits increased.It echoed calls from the Irish Association of Pension Funds that pension regulation should be reviewed in light of the “artificial and unprecedented conditions” in bond markets.However, the Pensions Authority has since insisted that it would not relax the funding standard applied to pension schemes in Ireland as it could give members and schemes a “false impression” the situation could be easily resolved.last_img read more

Courtois keen to bounce back

first_img Press Association The 22-year-old told Chelsea TV: “That’s the most important, that we are still leaders and from the next game on, we will fight to keep that bonus up and make the gap bigger. “There are only difficult games in the Premier League and we know that. The next game is in the Champions League at home and then against Hull, we have to win in front of our fans.” Chelsea, who have now lost on their last three league visits to St James’ Park, left the north east for the second time in a week wondering how they were doing so without three points after dominating for long periods just as they had done at Sunderland seven days earlier, when they emerged with a 0-0 draw. On this occasion, however, their inability to turn pressure into tangible reward was punished by their hosts, who defended manfully before striking decisively on the counter. The deadlock was broken with 57 minutes gone when Cisse, who had only been on the pitch for four minutes, slid home Sammy Ameobi’s cross after Gary Cahill could only help the ball into his path. Chelsea immediately launched a fightback and came desperately close to an equaliser with 12 minutes remaining when Eden Hazard’s shot came back off the post with Newcastle’s third-choice keeper Jak Alnwick, who had replaced the injured Rob Elliot at the break, beaten for the first time. But worse was to follow as the Magpies turned defence into attack for Moussa Sissoko to play in Cisse for his second. Substitute Didier Drogba gave the visitors hope when, after defender Steven Taylor had been dismissed for a second bookable offence, he glanced home an 83rd-minute Cesc Fabregas free-kick, but despite having 13 minutes, including six of stoppage time, in which to find an equaliser, they could not manage to beat debutant Alnwick again. Thibaut Courtois has urged his Chelsea team-mates to put their first defeat of the season behind them to cement their place at the top of the Barclays Premier League table. Courtois said: “Obviously we are disappointed with the result. We tried our best to win this game, and it was a hard game. We were a little bit unlucky. “At 2-0, it’s harder. We tried to fight back, we scored to make it 2-1, but then the ball wouldn’t fall right for us and we couldn’t draw this game and maybe then win it, so obviously we are disappointed. “But we will work hard again tomorrow in training to win the following games. Everybody worked hard and gave it all on the pitch to win this game, but we know here it is difficult and we went down against them. “It was a hard game, but we have to stay positive. We are still leaders, but we know these games to be champions you have to win, so from the next game on, we will try our best to win all the games if possible.” The Blues ended up on the wrong end of the scoreline for the first time in 22 games in all competitions at Newcastle on Saturday as substitute Papiss Cisse’s second-half double secured a 2-1 victory for the Magpies. However, keeper Courtois insists they must forget the disappointment of defeat at St James’ Park as they prepare for Wednesday night’s Champions League clash with Sporting Lisbon before turning their attention to Hull’s visit to Stamford Bridge and the business of winning the title. last_img read more

Orange preps to face speedy WVU squad

first_imgCome Saturday, it will be a new level for the Syracuse defense to overcome. With SU’s game against Big East frontrunner West Virginia, the Orange will be facing perhaps the most vaunted defense in the Big East. But at his weekly press conference on Monday, SU head coach Doug Marrone saved perhaps the kindest words for the Mountaineer offense. That is where he knows his Syracuse team will be facing a challenge it hasn’t encountered all year. It all starts with how athletic each Mountaineer is at certain offensive positions, especially the skill positions. ‘We haven’t seen those types of (offensive) players that we will see on Saturday,’ Marrone said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Added Marrone: ‘West Virginia has at least three players who I feel … if they get the ball in their hands in space, that those players can score anywhere on the field, no matter how they touch the football.’ Marrone didn’t elaborate on the names of those three players Monday. Apart from quarterback Geno Smith, the Mountaineers have three offensive players in running back Noel Devine and receivers Jock Sanders and Tavon Austin who anchor the offensive attack. Those three, along with Smith, account for the ‘types of (offensive) players’ Marrone spoke of in his press conference. But the one player at whom Marrone pinpointed the term ‘dangerous’ on Monday was Devine. The running back has had somewhat of a down year numerically, as he sits at sixth in the Big East with 84 rushing yards per game. But this is still the same Devine who has amassed 3,885 rushing yards in his career, just 38 yards shy of No. 4 on the all-time Big East list. However, Marrone is as worried about Smith and WVU’s wide receivers as he is about Devine, and rightfully so, based on the stats. Whereas Devine resides in the middle of the Big East pack in rushing yards, Smith is excelling in his first year as a starter. Smith has thrown just two interceptions to 14 touchdowns and is No. 2 in the Big East in passing efficiency (156.7) and passing yards per game (226.3). Smith’s production, though, may have more to do with Sanders and Austin, who together make up perhaps the No. 1 receiving tandem in the conference. Sanders, on his own, is No.1 in the Big East in receptions per game with six. Austin is tied for second with 5.3. ‘You can’t over-commit to stopping one or the other,’ Marrone said. ‘They have guys who can hurt you.’ But stats didn’t surface with Marrone when the head coach spoke of the WVU offensive attack Monday. Numbers weren’t occurring to him so early in the week. What mattered at the beginning of the week was getting across to the team the core element of how the Mountaineers will attack: with speed. A lot of it. It’s going to be coming, and will be utilized, from four different angles. ‘They have a lot of speed,’ Marrone said. ‘And not to discount the teams we have played or the teams we will play in the future, but this is one of the fastest teams that we will play.’ SU begins preparation for ‘extremely talented’ WVU defense The names Smith, Devine, Sanders and Austin catch all the headlines. They are the four ‘dangerous’ playmakers Marrone refers to when he talks about the Mountaineers offense. But West Virginia has ridden its defense, not its group of offensive playmakers, to a 5-1 record through six games this season. After struggling mightily against Pittsburgh’s blitzing defense Saturday, the Syracuse offense should have its work cut out for it this weekend in Morgantown, W. Va. The Mountaineers not only enter the game ranked No. 1 in the Big East in total defense, rushing defense and scoring defense, but also hold a top-five national ranking in all three categories. ‘They have more starts on their defense than any defense we will play,’ Marrone said Monday. ‘They are extremely fast and extremely talented.’ The Mountaineers have accumulated 18 sacks, eight interceptions and allowed just 74 points in its first six games of the season. After having a difficult time finding the end zone in each of its first two Big East games, the Orange will need to find a way to break through the WVU defense if it has a shot at beating the Mountaineers for the first time since 2000. And after the Orange scored just 27 points in its last two games combined, it is heading into the eye of the storm at a difficult time. In what should be the toughest test of the season, SU will have to perfect its game plan come Saturday. Against a stout, disciplined defense like West Virginia, SU will have to hope that is enough. ‘They know exactly what they’re doing,’ Marrone said. ‘They have fine coaches on the defensive staff. And we are going to have to execute our game plan. That will be a great challenge for us.’ [email protected] [email protected] Comments Published on October 18, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

West Brom Completes The Signing Of Kieran Gibbs From Arsenal

first_img“I watched the boys in the first few games of the season and they’ve got a lot of energy. They’ve made some good signings and I feel this is a good move for me.” the Englishman told West Brom official website after the move.Gibbs made 230 appearances for Arsenal and also has 10 England caps to his name. Joins Oliver Burke, Gareth Barry, Ahmed Hegazi and Jay Rodriguez as West Brom’s new signings. West Bromwich Albion has completed the move for Kieran Gibbs from Arsenal for a fee reported to be around £7m.The 27-year-old left back, who was also linked with Watford, signed a four year deal with the Baggies after more than 10 years with the Gunners. RelatedWest Brom Completes Gareth Barry Signing from EvertonAugust 15, 2017In “England”Semi Ajayi Suffers Devastating BlowJuly 17, 2020In “England”Wenger: Mike Dean Is A DisgraceJanuary 16, 2018In “England”last_img read more

Colonel George M. Boyd, Tuskegee Airman to speak Oct. 28 in Wellington

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