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Repeat offender gets suspended sentence for illegal waste site

A serial waste criminal who made a substantial profit while harming the local environment has narrowly avoided jail

Planning guidance document seeks to improve noise management

A document published by three professional bodies aims to plug a gap in official guidance and facilitate housing development

NAO slams economic case for ‘risky’ Hinkley

There are “uncertain strategic and economic benefits” to supporting a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley, says the National Audit Office

Ofgem slashes embedded generation benefits

A key funding source for smaller renewable plants has been drastically reduced as Ofgem seeks to curb diesel

MEPs vote down bid to thwart neonicotinoid ban

Members of the European Parliament have rejected an attempt to water down restrictions on three controversial pesticides

Oil recyclers take EA to court over end-of-waste classification

The Environment Agency will face a judicial review of its on-end of-waste decision for re-refined oil, which the industry says is hampering investment

BEIS releases £35m for cleaner heating

A multi-million pound pot has been set up to develop hydrogen and smart heating systems with gas and electricity operators

London plans out emission-free transport network

A zero-emission zone from 2025, car-free new housing and public transport upgrades feature in the capital’s draft transport strategy

Brexit to dominate legislative agenda

Electric vehicles and smart meters are to get some parliamentary attention over the next two years but the demands of leaving the EU will take up most time

SEPA begins ‘full investigation’ into ExxonMobil flaring

ExxonMobil’s ethylene plant in Fife is being investigated after it released a pall of smoke from an emergency flare for nine days

Waste firm prosecuted after streams run red with blood

A County Durham farming waste firm and its director have been fined for flouting their environmental permits, which resulted in the pollution of several local watercourses

Distribution network operators redefined for smart grid era

A new definition for distribution network operators has been put forward to better define their growing role in the emerging smart grid

Welsh air quality guidance stresses integrated approach

Welsh local authorities have been told pursue noise, carbon, road safety and other priorities alongside air quality objectives in revised policy guidance

Fifth prosperity deal in Northern Ireland aimed at boosting renewables

Northern Ireland’s environment regulator is continuing to encourage companies to go above and beyond compliance with its fifth prosperity agreement

Environmental lawyers have a ‘duty to speak out’

Legal professionals must stand firm to protect the rule of law, a senior US environmental lawyer will tell delegates at this year’s UKELA conference

Drax considers gas in post-coal world

Research on converting Drax’s remaining three boilers to gas instead of biomass has been revealed at its latest trading update

Real world clean air zones ‘would be more effective’

Plans for clean air zones to be based on compliance with laboratory-based tests have been criticised as “grossly unfair and ineffective”

Stricter water use rules ‘should be required’ for new housing

Waterwise wants new housing developments to be forced to meet tougher water use limits in a new efficiency strategy

Parliament settles in for ‘substantial’ legislative burden

The start of Brexit negotiations also marks the beginning of an unusual two-year parliamentary term to give MPs enough time to consider legislation more thoroughly

Stern and Juniper head up Queen’s Birthday Honours

A number of environmental figures have been celebrated in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list – from household names to lifelong civil servants

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