10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week: DEFRA ‘blocked’ from advising industry on no-deal Brexit; No-deal Brexit notices published; Environment Agency never enforced waste hierarchy law; Water company forced to stop processing trade waste to biogas

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DEFRA: public spending watchdog examined the department's Brexit preparations

1. DEFRA ‘blocked’ from advising industry on no-deal Brexit
The Department for Exiting the European Union has on several occasions restricted DEFRA’s preparations for a no-deal Brexit, according to the public spending watchdog.
In a report released this week, the National Audit Office says the department prevented DEFRA from holding open consultations on its no-deal planning and from issuing specific information to the chemical and food industry. Nor was DEFRA allowed to address a likely shortage of vets to process export health certificates, meaning it may now have to launch an emergency recruitment campaign in October. MORE.

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