In a hurry? Thursday’s environment news in 60 seconds

A round-up of the top stories this morning from ENDS and elsewhere, including the EA relaxing manure and slurry spreading rules until 2022, the head of the Recycling Association ‘bitterly disappointed’ over Biffa prosecution, and an MP’s frustration with the EA’s five-year investigation into alleged waste dumping

EA relaxes manure and slurry spreading enforcement rules until 2022 

The Environment Agency has relaxed enforcement rules around manure spreading until February 2022, though it says water pollution will still have to be mitigated against. READ MORE

Head of Recycling Association ‘bitterly disappointed’ over Biffa prosecution 

The chief executive of the trade body the Recycling Association has called into question the Environment Agency’s prosecution of waste giant Biffa over the illegal export of household waste to Asia. READ MORE

MP ‘frustrated’ with EA’s five-year investigation into alleged waste dumping

The MP for South Leicestershire, Alberto Costa, has complained about the “protracted nature” of the Environment Agency’s investigation into the alleged illegal dumping of waste at two former quarry sites in the village of Sapcote. READ MORE

EA investigates ‘horrendous stench’ at landfill composting site

The Environment Agency has said it is investigating reports of “sickening odours” from a council composting operation in County Durham. READ MORE

Serious fish kill follows pollution which turned Cumbria river black

The Environment Agency is investigating a large fish kill following a pollution incident in Cumbria which reportedly turned part of the river Kent black. READ MORE

In other news…

COP26 'should be hybrid event' says former climate chief Figueres

The main architect of the Paris climate agreement has said COP26 needs to be a hybrid event with some negotiations happening virtually, reports the BBC. Christiana Figueres told the broadcaster that some form of in-person conference would still be needed if the talks were to be a success, but that it was unlikely 25,000 would attend as originally planned. 

Khan calls for devolved powers to reduce London flood risk

The Civil Engineer reports that mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called for the government to devolve more funding and powers to local leaders to enable them to better tackle flooding across the capital. Khan recently met with key partners to look at what more can be done to prevent and reduce the impact of flooding in the capital.

Boris Johnson ‘missing in action’ ahead of vital climate talks, says Keir Starmer

The Guardian reports on comments made by Labour leader Keir Starmer, who has said COP26 is at risk of failure because Boris Johnson is “missing in action”. Starmer said there is already “dystopia” all around caused by climate breakdown, but Johnson’s ambition to tackle the scale of the crisis is irresponsibly small, reports the newspaper.

Britain's cost curb measure in CO2 scheme will not be triggered until November

Reuters reports that the authority overseeing Britain's carbon emissions trading scheme (ETS) has said a mechanism to curb costs in the scheme has not been triggered for August and would not be until November at the earliest. Britain began trading carbon permits under its new domestic ETS in May, having left the EU's ETS since leaving the single market at the beginning of this year.


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