Remediation licensing task force to examine scope for reform

A Government task force on the licensing of land remediation activities was poised to start work at the end of October, picking up the pieces left behind when the Environment Department (DEFRA) suspended its wider-ranging review of waste permitting. Hopes for the new initiative are riding high in the remediation sector. But the scope for reform may prove relatively modest, because the remit is to propose improvements to the waste management licensing regime - a far cry from the original proposals for a "single regeneration licence".

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