Environmental Law

Gove: Green watchdog ‘should be able to bite on climate change’

Gove: Green watchdog ‘should be able to bite on climate change’

Environment secretary Michael Gove has pledged that the forthcoming Environment Bill will be a “world first’ in its commitments to legally binding environmental targets, in a speech this morning

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Regulation

Environmental permitting: The pitfalls to avoid

Environmental permitting: The pitfalls to avoid

What are the most common reasons for permit non-compliance and how can they be avoided? Adam Branson investigates

Water

Marking their own homework: Is self-reporting open to abuse?

Marking their own homework: Is self-reporting open to abuse?

With multiple incidences of companies misreporting information to their regulators, including Southern Water’s recent £126m penalty for dodging sampling requirements, James Fair asks whether the controversial practice of self-reporting is fit for purpose

Water

South coast nitrates crisis: 6 things you need to know

South coast nitrates crisis: 6 things you need to know

New legal advice on nitrate levels adopted by England’s nature regulator has put planning applications on the south coast in limbo. Here are 6 things you need to know about the advice that has brought Hampshire housebuilding to a halt

Environmental Law

How deliberate data manipulation earned a utility a record penalty

How deliberate data manipulation earned a utility a record penalty

The Environment Agency is investigating Southern Water after Ofwat fined the firm £126m for deliberately dodging wastewater sampling, but will it prosecute or has it ‘gone soft on polluters’? James Fair reports

Waste

Why a row over an incinerator could lead to more EfW lawsuits

Why a row over an incinerator could lead to more EfW lawsuits

With energy recovery rates soaring, recycling rates flagging and export markets closing their doors to recyclable material, some legal commentators believe EfW operators might increasingly be open to the kind of lawsuit faced by Gloucestershire County Council over its Javelin Park incinerator. Conor McGlone investigates

Climate change

Five challenges to going net zero

Five challenges to going net zero

We've taken a closer look at the main obstacles the UK faces as it prepares to achieve net zero carbon by 2050

Coal

Focus on: Coal's fading power

Focus on: Coal's fading power

The UK’s record-breaking streak without coal power came to an end at 9.20pm on Tuesday 4 June, after 18 days and six hours without electricity generated from coal

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Parliament

Government ‘stalling’ on public’s toxic exposures, say MPs

The government’s failure to make critical changes to rules that put toxic chemicals into British furniture is “completely unacceptable” say MPs, who have also attacked a “lack of urgency” in responding to contamination from the Grenfell Tower disaster

Land, Ecology & Development

Natural England ‘dragged out’ its response to bird-kill challenge, lawyers allege

Natural England continued to resist a legal claim seeking to overturn the system of discretionary bird-kill licensing, despite being in receipt of advice from leading counsel that the claim was indefensible, lawyers have alleged in a letter

Odour

Campaign against renderer’s ‘Penrith pong’ reignites

An animal by-products processing facility in Cumbria has been the subject of renewed complaints about odorous emissions

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Land, Ecology & Development

Interview: What Tony Juniper thinks about budget cuts, bird culling and bringing back the missing lynx

Interview: What Tony Juniper thinks about budget cuts, bird culling and bringing back the missing lynx

Tony Juniper talks to ENDS about nature recovery, net gain, budget cuts and rewilding in his first press interview since becoming chair of Natural England

Into the jaws of death: can England prevent a looming water crisis?

In 20 to 25 years, England could face the ‘jaws of death’ – the point at which it will not have enough water to supply its needs. What’s being done to avoid it?

Climate change

Climate emergency! How frustrated councils are taking matters into their own hands

Inspired by grass-root campaigns, town halls across the UK have declared there’s a climate emergency. But what are they doing about it and how will it affect environmental professionals?

Regulation

The firms that took on the EA and won

How did the handful of businesses that have overturned Environment Agency permitting decisions manage to succeed at appeal?

Biodiversity / conservation

Interview: What Chris Packham thinks about bird killing, net gain and Michael Gove

The Springwatch presenter is fronting an initiative which aims to ensure environmental regulators are upholding the law. Who is in its crosshairs?

Case studies

Air

The debrief: The children’s hospital spearheading a pioneering clean air plan

The debrief: The children’s hospital spearheading a pioneering clean air plan

Great Ormond Street Hospital is trying to improve air quality in and around its premises and educate the public coming through its doors at the same time

Water

The debrief: How a water firm agreed a deal to remove individual protected species licence requirements

Natural England’s approach to streamlining its regulatory process could help Southern Water achieve its five-year plan for environmental improvements

Recycling

The debrief: How one Gloucestershire council turned around its recycling performance

Stroud District Council almost doubled its recycling rate in two years. Could its strategy be replicated elsewhere and used to reverse a nationwide stagnation?

Biodiversity / conservation

The debrief: How a district licensing scheme is raising funds from developers to protect newts

One Midlands scheme aims to show that with the right strategy and people in place, district licensing can throw off the ‘licence to trash’ label

Land, Ecology & Development

The debrief: Inside a council’s pioneering biodiversity net gain planning policy

In 2016 Lichfield District Council introduced a policy requiring a 20% biodiversity net gain on developments. How has the approach worked out?

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