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Environment

Despite its industrial heritage, Runcorn and Widnes are a haven for all kinds of flora and fauna. Wigg island, Big Wood, Runcorn Hill and Spike Island are just a few of the local beauty spots. Meanwhile the Mersey estuary at Halton is thriving with migrating birds. Keep abreast of the latest environmental news and our regular wildlife column by Tom Marshall of Cheshire Wildlife Trust.

Pollution gust sparks alert for Halton lung patients

Air quality expected to improve today

Farmeda Kosar, HHT development manager, Dan Van Den Bos, Cruden site manager, Andy Young, Cruden site agent, Lisa McAllister, Plus Dane project manager, Teresa Tierney, HHT director of housing services, and Paul Slavin, Cruden contract manager, at the trust’s eco-homes in Kingsway, Widnes, right

'Futuristic' eco-homes due to be launched in Widnes

Three environmentally-friendly homes have been built on Kingsway in Widnes with the first tenants set to move in next week

Thousands of tonnes of waste remain at JL Sorting in Widnes following the fire

Environment Agency investigates permit breaches at seven-acre inferno site in Widnes

A Government body is investigating safety breaches by the owners of a contaminated inferno site in Widnes to damp down fire debris and secure the premises, it has been revealed

Thousands of tonnes of waste remain at JL Sorting in Widnes following the fire

Lord de Mauley slams firm slams over seven-acre blaze wreckage site in Widnes

A minister has demanded the clean-up of an asbestos-contaminated recycling inferno site in Widnes

Select Security Stadium

Public meeting to be held at Select Security Stadium over EMR recycling plant appeal

Residents will have the chance to have their final say on controversial plans to build a scrap metal recycling facility on Everite Road next month

Runcorn firm to cough up £1,330 over illegal waste disposal

A Runcorn firm that broke the law when it dumped commercial waste has been slapped with fines and costs of £1,330

Moorfield pupils Glynn James Locke, Freya Shone, Tommie Lee Lane, Grace MacDonald, George Charnock receive the cheque

Two Halton primary schools each collect £1,000 grant from Recyclebank

Environmentally conscious Halton residents have donated more than 400,000 Recyclebank points to help secure grants for two primary schools through the Recyclebank Green Schools Programme

Environment Agency

Environment Agency to investigate second fire at Widnes recycling site in last two months

Environment Agency officials are investigating another possible breach of storage regulations at a Widnes recycling site following a second fire in two months

Thousands of tonnes of waste remain at JL Sorting in Widnes following the fire

MP probes waste industry fire record following major blazes in Widnes and Birmingham

An inferno at a Halton recycling yard has helped to reveal the extent of waste fires nationally

Halton Housing Trust

Halton Housing Trust wins Green Apple Award

A Widnes housing development has won a leading national award for sustainable design

Cheshire Business Awards 2013

Cheshire Business Awards 2013: Spotlight on Start Up and Green awards

The Trinity Mirror Cheshire Business Awards, sponsored by SAS Daniels and Click Consult, are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year

Centrol Recycling Group Limited

Widnes recycling firm handed £20k fine over fly infested site

A Widnes waste management firm must pay £23,815 in fines and costs after it caused a major fly infestation

Harbour porpoises

Volunteers urged to record River Mersey marine life

A national marine conservation charity wants Halton residents’ help in tracking porpoises, dolphins and whales in the River Mersey

Recycling rates jump fourfold in Halton and Merseyside over last 10 years says agency

Latest figures suggest a boom in recycling rates in Runcorn and Widnes over the last 10 years

Halton groups urged to bid for £130k in ‘green’ grants for recycling ideas

Voluntary groups and not-for-profit organisations in Halton could secure a slice of £130,000 of funding if they come up with the best ideas for reducing, recycling and reusing household waste

Paul Lavelle and Andrew Carver, directors of eCorrugated in Ellesmere Port

Ellesmere Port box manufacturer enjoys green packaging boom

A box maker in Ellesmere Port has reported a dramatic shift in demand to greener packaging

neos ChlorVinyls

Appeal lodged over Ineos ChlorVinyls pollution monitoring scheme in Runcorn

A chemical giant has called on the Government to overturn a decision to refuse approval for a pollution monitoring scheme in Runcorn

Halton Borough Council

Halton Borough Council issues van tipping warning

Van owners in Halton are being warned to apply for a permit before the traditional spring clean and clear out.

Stobart/3MG, Widnes

Biomass plant at 3MG in Widnes given the go ahead by Halton planning chiefs

More than 100 jobs are set to be created after planning permission for a new biomass power plant was granted

Ten carbon neutral biogas-powered buses launched in Runcorn

Ten carbon neutral biogas-powered buses launched in Runcorn

A fleet of buses powered by gas from landfill food waste has motored into action in Runcorn