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In the papers today - 12 February

Local authorities will have to build new and politically sensitive incineration plants for waste or face heavy fines from Brussels, a Conservative MEP has warned.
The European parliament is expected to debate a new directive on waste later this week, which will change some main definitions of what constitutes waste and underline obligations on member states to send less rubbish to landfill - The Financial Times Downing Street will take its case for pay as you drive road pricing to the million people plus that have signed a petition on the Prime Minister's website calling for the proposals to be scrapped. Every signatory will receive an individual email setting out the Government's position after the petition closes on Feb 20. By last night the number of signatories was almost at 1.1 million and showing no signs of abating - The Daily Telegraph Flood warnings were issued across central England yesterday amid forecasts of rain and melting snow. The Environment Agency issued four flood warnings around the River Avon from Evesham; the river Great Ouse from Brackley; and the River Leam from Marton - The Daily TelegraphAttempts to finalise a revised budget for the 2012 London Olympics are being bogged down by negotiations over this summer's tight spending round, according to Whitehall insiders. A number of government departments is involved in the talks to agree both the increase needed to the original £2.375bn budget and - crucially - how that cost overrun will be funded- The Financial TimesThe Environment Agency is investigating evidence that the Monsanto chemical company paid contractors to dump highly toxic waste in UK landfill sites. According to the Agency it could cost £100M to clear up one such site in South Wales 30 years after they were dumped - The Guardian

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