DEFRA suspends waste permitting review

The Environment Department (DEFRA) has decided to suspend its review of waste site permitting, having concluded that neither of the review's principal objectives could be met. However, the Environment Agency believes that all is not lost - and that the findings will feed into proposals to amend the waste licensing regime in the coming months, pending a merger of the waste licensing and pollution prevention and control (PPC) regimes in the longer term. Among the casualties of the policy shift is the land remediation sector, which looks set for a longer wait for resolution of its site permitting problems.

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