Boris Johnson's Brexit proposals could weaken environmental protections, say critics. Photograph: Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto via Getty Images Boris Johnson's Brexit proposals could weaken environmental protections, say critics. Photograph: Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto via Getty Images

10 key things that happened this week

10 of the biggest stories from the past week: Johnson's Brexit plan 'pretty grim' for the environment; Biffa to pay £600k for illegally exporting waste to China; More than 1,000 homes in limbo as phosphate levels paralyse planning process...

1 Johnson's Brexit plan 'pretty grim' for the environment

The government’s Brexit proposals could weaken environmental protections, say critics, while green issues were left as a footnote in prime minister Boris Johnson’s party conference speech. MORE

2 Biffa to pay £600k for illegally exporting waste to China

Waste giant Biffa has been fined £350,000 and ordered to pay £240,000 in costs after being found guilty of illegally exporting seven containers containing household waste to China in 2015. MORE

3 More than 1,000 homes in limbo as phosphate levels paralyse planning process

Updated legal advice from Natural England has forced a West Midlands council to halt planning decisions until it brings phosphate levels affecting a European protected site under control. MORE

4 Villiers: Net zero ambition will drive growth in UK green spaces

Environment secretary Theresa Villiers has said the government's net zero commitment will unlock sources of funding for local authorities to invest in new parks and green spaces. MORE

5 EA declares ‘environmental drought’ in Herts and North London

The Environment Agency has declared an environmental drought in the Hertfordshire and North London area and dismissed accusations from local river groups that the agency had gagged its staff, banning them from acknowledging the drought. MORE

6 Court sets £54,000 penalty for defaulting on £1m WEEE bill

A former recycling company has been ordered to pay only £50,900 of an estimated £1.1m it owed to the WEEE Compliance Fund. MORE

7 Mapped: The UK areas with illegally high air pollution

Only coastal or sparsely populated areas of the UK complied with EU air quality obligations last year. That’s the findings of a ClientEarth review of government issued data. MORE

8 Chancellor launches ‘Brexit red tape challenge’

Chancellor of the exchequer Sajid Javid has vowed that Brexit will be an opportunity to design “smarter, more flexible regulation”. The announcement was made one day after Tory the government announced £1bn in climate funding pledges.  MORE

9 Natural England advice prompts 2.4GW wind farm decision delay

The energy secretary has delayed a planning decision on a 2.4GW offshore wind farm in the North Sea by six months after hearing last-minute representations regarding the implications of new Natural England advice on the project's potential impact on seabird populations. MORE

10 Government plans carbon reduction targets for new homes from 2020

The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has proposed that starting next year, all new homes must be able to demonstrate carbon reduction savings of 31% over the life-span of the development. MORE

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