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Howard and Rudd highlight climate change in opening salvos

Announcing November 24 as election day, PM John Howard has promised a re-elected Coalition would deliver environment policies that “tackle in a balanced way the great challenges of climate change and water security”.

Turnbull gives EPBC Act approval to Gunns mill

Federal Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull today gave Gunns the go-ahead for its controversial pulp mill in Tasmania, but with new conditions that would allow maximum effluent concentrations for dioxins and other substances to be altered.

RIS says benefits of mandatory resource efficiency plans outweighs costs

A program that will require about 280 Victorian facilities to develop plans to better manage energy, water and waste is likely to deliver a net economic benefit of about $65.4 million over 10 years, says a regulatory impact statement for the proposal.

Inquiry finds major flaws in national water efficiency labelling scheme

A water efficiency labelling scheme administered by the federal government is not well enforced and about 10% of the products authorised to use the label carry a ‘zero stars’ version that means they don’t meet basic water efficiency standards.

Chemical firm ordered to pay $60,000

The NSW Land and Environment Court yesterday ordered Sydney chemical company Nalco Australia to contribute $50,000 to an environmental project and pay $10,000 in costs after about 9,000 litres of ethylene glycol escaped into a waterway leading to Botany Bay.

News in brief, September 7, 2007

NSW allows application of bauxite processing waste to farms; Garrett takes Downer to task for climate targets comment; NSW approves new coal mine; WA waste oil crisis; and SA and Federal governments to extend water recycling scheme

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