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Gareth Simkins: Although it is still early days, warnings of Michael Gove’s baleful influence on the environment appear misplaced.
Implementing civil sanctions, an alternative to pursuing justice through the courts, has been a success. But wider revisions to environmental enforcement have been left hanging. Gareth Simkins investigates
Closure of the Environment Agency’s ‘definition of waste panel’ sent mixed messages on achieving end of waste but what does its reopening say about it, and what have we learned from its absence? Conor McGlone investigates
Nearly 40 years of operations left the soil, river and groundwater near the former Avenue coking works in Derbyshire badly polluted. Rachel Salvidge reports on a massive clean-up operation and restoration project with multiple challenges
Richard Macrory: The European court’s decision to rein in the application of the precautionary principle to national bans on GMOs shows the careful approach taken by the institution so feared by Brexiters
Joanne Kwan: Good practice pointers on how to assess and manage the risks of contaminated sediments in the UK are in short supply, but upcoming guidance intends to address the information gap
Andrew C Singer: In addition to dangerous chemicals and illicit drugs ending up in our rivers through sewage treatment, the greatest danger could come from the presence of antimicrobials
David Smith: The passive, one-way delivery of gas and electricity from supplier to consumer is becoming outmoded as our energy-generation systems evolve towards a lower-carbon model
Incidents of fly-tipping are on the increase, according to the latest DEFRA figures
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