Press Releases

  • Normally a Flap Valve or automated pollution control devices [PCD] such as our Flapstopper cannot be opened under a head of of more than a few meters of water due to atmospheric pressure holding it firmly closed, like a giant plug in a bathtub.  The......

  • The full edition of July’s containment news is available here with all of the news, stories, and live links: *Containment News July 2016 PDF Version* ‘Bonfire of Environmental Legislation’ “It has been depressing that the environment has played virtually no part in pre or post......

  •   The full edition of June’s containment news is available here with all of the news, stories, and live links: *Containment News June 2016 PDF Version* ‘Environmental Impacts of Brexit’ ‘5% of UK beaches are poor quality, the highest percentage in the EU. The number rated as......

  •   The full edition of March’s containment news is available here with all of the news, stories, and live links: *Containment News May 2016 PDF Version* ‘Conspiracy Theory Alert’ “The bathing water season starts on the 15th May, so if you have been using our......

  •   The full edition of March’s containment news is available here with all of the news, stories, and live links: *Containment News April 2016 PDF Version* ‘Sewage Free Seas’ The Environment Agency has opened a stakeholder consultation on how often water companies should be legally permitted......

  • The full edition of March’s containment news is available here with all of the news, stories, and live links: *Containment News March 2016 PDF Version* ‘Lacklustre Direction for Environmental Targets’ The recipe for success when setting goals and targets walks the fine line between making......

  •   The full edition of February’s containment news is available here with all of the news, stories, and live links: *Containment News February 2016 PDF Version* ‘Pollution Fines Increase’ There has been a very significant increase recently in the size of fines being handed out......

  •   The full edition of January’s containment news is available here with all of the news, stories, and live links: *Containment News January 2016 PDF Version* ‘Risking Environment Agency Cuts’ I’ve lost count of the number of times that I have heard a politician say......

  •   The full edition of November’s containment news is available here with all of the news, stories, and live links: *Containment News November 2015 PDF Version*   ‘Pollution Monitoring May to September Only’ Imagine what would happen if the UK Government announced that speed limits would remain......

  •   The full edition of October’s containment news is available here with all of the news, stories, and live links: *Containment News October 2015 PDF Version*   ‘Nurdles’ As Editor of Containment News and Flood News since 2009 I often feel jaded by the Groundhog Day repetition......

  •   The full edition of September’s containment news is available here with all of the news, stories, and live links: *Containment News September 2015 PDF Version*   ‘PM Swims in Sewage’ I’ve commented before on the woeful lack of coverage of water related pollution and......

  • The full edition of August’s containment news is available here with all of the news, stories, and live links: *Containment News August 2015 PDF Version*   ‘Sewage in the Sand’ One of the depressing things about researching stories for Containment News is the way it......

  •   The full edition of July’s containment news is available here with all of the news, stories, and live links: *Containment News July 2015 PDF Version* ‘Pollution Prevention Guidlines’ When driving near a school in wet conditions anyone with double digit brain cells will not......

  •   The full edition of June’s containment news is available here with all of the news, stories, and live links: *Containment News June 2015 PDF Version* ‘Bathing Water Directive’ Smoking on planes, platform heels, chest medallions and big hair, even with psychedelic rose tinted disco glasses......

  •   ‘Pollution Guardians’ I’ve recently returned from a short break to Turin and although I’ve visited Italy on numerous occasions the endemic disregard for rules never fails to astound me.   It made me think about what happens when people either ignore the law or view the......

  • ‘Impact of Pollution’  Cuts have consequences: the ridiculous task of being told to do more with less is something which the Environment Agencies share with the UK’s Emergency Services as all have faced very hefty budget cuts.  Successive governments have adopted the policy of looking at statistical......

  • ‘Sewage Spill’ United Utilities were recently fined £750,000 for a sewage spill which polluted a Cumbrian estuary, of course this figure is just the tip of the fatberg and will not include investigation and clean-up costs.  A bill a fraction of that magnitude would devastate most small and medium sized businesses......

  • ‘Water Pollution’ Researching stories for Containment News makes one realise that there is a two tier reporting system when it comes to environmental pollution. The vast majority of spill incidents are only covered by the local press, unless it’s on the scale of BP’s Deepwater Horizon or Buncefield they seldom make it to the......

  • ‘Beaches will be Closed!’  The clues are all there, and it isn’t going to take Hercule Poirot to piece together the evidence that 2015 is  going to be a watershed year for the UK water industry.  The much stricter new Bathing Water Directive comes  into full-force this year,......

  • The Environment Agency (EA) working in partnership with the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) have produced two reports aimed at helping SME’s reduce the frequency and the impact of spills on the environment.   – The first report “Best Practice in Spill Prevention in the Waste Management Industry” looks at the risks posed by environmentally harmful......

  • It doesn’t matter how unblemished your previous incident record has been, or how well trained your staff are in site safety, it’s impossible to prevent the actions of deliberate mindless vandals. The severity of environmental damage isn’t defined by the cause but by the actual pollutant released. Whether......

  • Does necessity have to be the mother of pollution? When waiting for a flight to whisk us away there is nothing more frustrating than a departure board splattered with delays and cancellations. During the recent snap of winter weather the deployment of de-icing trucks and......