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The key deadlines and policy changes to expect this summer

The key deadlines and policy changes to expect this summer

Risk review – third quarter, 2021: The most important prosecutions and court rulings of the past three months and the key compliance deadlines and policy changes to expect in the near future... Read more

Data

Regulation

Access denied: SEPA's battle to restore operations in the aftermath of a crippling cyber-attack

Access denied: SEPA's battle to restore operations in the aftermath of a crippling cyber-attack

It could take the Scottish Environment Protection Agency two years to fully recover from a cyber-attack that locked it out of most of its data and systems, according to the regulator. While a backlog of permit applications is building up, SEPA's boss says key activities are still being carried out

Waste water & sewage

MAPPED: the 100 sites that discharged the most untreated sewage in 2020

Click through to view an interactive map with details of 100 sites that together discharged untreated sewage for more than 480,000 hours last year – each site on average dumping raw sewage for 200 days across 2020

Hazardous waste

MAPPED: England and Wales’ toxic legacy landfills

An ENDS investigation has located hundreds of buried landfills containing hazardous waste across England and Wales. Search ENDS' map to see if there's one close to you

Infographics

Odour

MAPPED: The areas around a notorious landfill that have recorded the highest hydrogen sulphide levels

MAPPED: The areas around a notorious landfill that have recorded the highest hydrogen sulphide levels

Click through to view an interactive map with details of hydrogen sulphide readings at monitoring stations installed around the Walleys Quarry landfill in Staffordshire

Air

Data check: Global CO2 levels show little Covid impact

Although the UK’s emissions dropped markedly last year due to the pandemic, scientists have found “no discernible signal” of Covid-19’s global impact in reducing carbon emissions

Enforcement

Infographic: Focus on enforcement undertakings

More than £20m has been paid out to good causes since enforcement undertakings were introduced as a tool to tackle environmental offences in England more than 10 years ago, an analysis of Environment Agency data reveals.

Case studies

Regulation

The debrief: How a groundbreaking carbon capture and use scheme secured its environmental permit

The debrief: How a groundbreaking carbon capture and use scheme secured its environmental permit

When an international chemicals firm wanted to develop the UK’s first large-scale scheme to capture carbon emissions and use them in a range of applications, it also found itself blazing a path through a complex permitting process

Water quality

The debrief: How an urban wetland project is cleaning up a notorious London river

The construction of a wetlands in north London is helping to keep nutrients out of polluted waterways that feed into the river Lea, as well as providing biodiversity and social gains, thanks to funding from a global drinks giant

Planning & land use

The debrief: How a sustainable urban drainage scheme is delivering wider benefits

The need to retrofit urban areas to cope with a changing climate, and mitigate its existing impacts, is one of the great engineering challenges of our times. A project in Cardiff seeks to deliver these objectives through green infrastructure

Water

The debrief: How an innovative sewage treatment project could help clean up rivers

With water companies coming under increasing pressure to clean up their act in relation to river pollution, a project in Gloucestershire could offer a natural approach that delivers wider environmental benefits than traditional solutions

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