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Brexit opportunity for ‘new thinking’ on waste law

Domestic recycling targets should be “ambitious but credible” in a post-EU regulatory landscape, says the Environmental Industries Commission

IEMA seeks to put sustainability at heart of corporate governance

Corporate governance reforms should be an opportunity to embed wider sustainability considerations into decision-making, says IEMA

Building firm nets £54k fine for polluting watercourse

Interserve Construction has been prosecuted for discharging silt-laden water into a tributary of the river Rother

A day in the life of a senior acoustician FREE

Dan Pope, senior acoustician at Atkins, gives us a glimpse into his role

Nuclear records to be collated in £20m central archive

An archive has been created to host records from all Nuclear Decommissioning Authority sites, including on waste

DEFRA adopts ‘light-touch’ RDF definition

DEFRA has updated its definition of refuse-derived fuel in place of a more prescriptive treatment standard

Inquiry into Welsh woodland policy begins

Assembly members on the environment committee are scrutinising the Welsh government’s delivery of its woodland and forestry strategy

Waste boss fined for operating site on revoked permit

A man has been disqualified from being a company director for five years after repeatedly failing to clear his site in the West Midlands of waste

EU recognises phthalates as human endocrine disruptors

ECHA scientists will publish their opinion on a proposed phthalate ban following a committee’s agreement that they are EDCs

London’s ‘toxicity charge’ to apply from October

A £10 top-up on the congestion charge for the capital’s most polluting vehicles has been confirmed

Wiltshire man fined for obstructing Environment Agency staff

A site owner who would not give enforcement officers information for an investigation has been prosecuted

Revisions to environmental impact assessments for oil and gas planned

Climate change risks are some of the criteria proposed to inform future environmental assessments for hydrocarbon production

Environment Agency revokes jailed cocaine dealer’s permit

A man jailed for conspiracy to supply drugs in 2013 has had his environmental permit revoked after a series of breaches

Electricity demand reduction trial gives mixed results  

Interim results of the government’s electricity demand reduction pilot suggest it has accelerated planned investment, but participation has been modest

ECHA seeks views on substitution of five biocides

It may be difficult in future to secure authorisation for products contain five biocides, including a domestic insecticide

Liz Goodwin to head London Waste and Recycling Board

Dr Liz Goodwin is London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s high profile intended appointee as new chair of LWARB

EU-Canada trade deal nears finishing line

The European Parliament has approved CETA, despite lingering concerns about its influence on environmental regulation and an investor-state dispute mechanism

EA considers enforcement action as smelly landfill closes

The closure of Path Head landfill will put an end to odour issues for local residents, but the Environment Agency is still considering what further enforcement action to take

UK threatened with EU court action over air quality

The European Commission has given a final warning before it refers the UK to the Court of Justice over nitrogen dioxide limit breaches

Technical flood risk management guidance updated

Guidance for flood risk managers needing to identify and manage uncertainty in their assessments and defence designs has been updated

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