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Environmental Law

Coronavirus live blog: The impact on green policymaking and implementation

Coronavirus live blog: The impact on green policymaking and implementation

Updated daily: With the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the development and implementation of environmental legislation already being felt, click through to keep up to date with all the latest developments... Read more

Regulation

Covid-19 guidance tracker: live table

Covid-19 guidance tracker: live table

Updated daily: Use our sortable and regularly updated table of business-critical environment-related Covid-19 operational updates, regulatory position statements and guidance documents to navigate the coronavirus crisis

Air

London lockdown: Are pollution levels rebounding in the capital as Covid controls are eased?

London lockdown: Are pollution levels rebounding in the capital as Covid controls are eased?

Click through to view the latest data on how the Covid-19 crackdown has affected nitrogen dioxide levels at London's most polluted sites, and how the easing of coronavirus lockdown measures is impacting air quality

Regulation

Coronavirus: EA extends relaxed rules on monitoring and reporting

The Environment Agency has extended three regulatory position statements, which are aimed at relaxing the requirements on firms who cannot comply with their permits due to Covid-19

Water

EA allows water firms to reduce sewage discharge monitoring

Water and sewerage companies will be able to reduce the frequency with which they monitor the sewage they discharge into water bodies, after the Environment Agency relaxed its permitting requirements because of Covid-19

Regulation

EXCLUSIVE: EA staff capacity down by 16% during pandemic

Environment Agency staff capacity was reduced on average by 16% between May and November last year, according to figures revealed to ENDS under freedom of information rules

Waste

Coronavirus: Waste sector calls for frontline staff vaccinations

The waste sector has called on the government to ensure its frontline staff are prioritised for vaccination against Covid-19

Waste

EXCLUSIVE: Mutant virus border restrictions threaten waste trade chaos

The waste trade in refuse-derived fuel and other materials for treatment or recycling has been halted after EU countries closed their borders with the UK due to the emergence of a new, more contagious variant of Covid-19

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Coronavirus: the pandemic's impact on air pollution levels in charts

Coronavirus: the pandemic's impact on air pollution levels in charts

Covid-19 lockdowns have seen air pollution levels plummet across areas that have put restrictions in place, including China, northern Italy and European cities, data shows. Early evidence suggests that pollution levels are beginning to drop in London too

Water

Could rivers be carrying coronavirus from sewage works?

Could rivers be carrying coronavirus from sewage works?

Scientists have found that coronaviruses can survive in sewage and remain infectious but little is known about how long Covid-19 can last and whether it might pose a risk to people and wildlife from rivers and seas. Rachel Salvidge investigates

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A fleeting glimpse of a greener world?

A fleeting glimpse of a greener world?

For many, one source of hope during the coronavirus crisis has been news of the positive impact that control efforts have had on the environment. But the virus could make that future less likely to come about

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*UPDATED*: Environmental regulators' coronavirus response: What you need to know

*UPDATED*: Environmental regulators' coronavirus response: What you need to know

The Environment Agency has reduced its regulatory site visits, SEPA has suspended its compliance assessment scheme and Natural England is no longer undertaking fieldwork. Here’s what you need to know about how the UK’s environmental regulators are handling their duties during the outbreak

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