Environmental Politics

Environment Agency chiefs moot budget ‘flexibility’ to boost enforcement efforts

Bevan and Howard Boyd at the committee session (Photograph: Parliament TV)

The two heads of the Environment Agency, Sir James Bevan and Emma Howard Boyd, have told MPs that they would like to have more flexibility in how they are able to allocate funding, in order to assist in improving the agency’s struggling enforcement operations

Environmental Law

Is there a ‘false promise’ at the heart of DEFRA’s Habitats Regulations reforms?

Two swallows perched on wire

The government says it wants to reform EU-derived environmental protections to make them less complex, arguing that a simpler system would bolster nature’s recovery. But does the argument add up? Tess Colley reports

Air

‘Ella’s law’: Clean Air Bill returns to parliament

Having won first place in the Lords’ private members’ bills ballot, Green peer Baroness Jones has reintroduced her Clean Air Bill

Enforcement

Landowner pleads guilty to all charges in river Lugg case

A landowner who devastated wildlife habitats through a series of unauthorised works to a stretch of the protected river Lugg in Herefordshire has pleaded guilty to a series of charges brought against him by the EA and Natural England

Policy

Power to designate protected sites should remain with Natural England, says OEP

Birds in a nature reserve

The designation of England’s protected sites must follow a 'clear and transparent process', according to the Office for Environmental Protection, which has advised against giving the power to designate sites to the secretary of state

Products & Chemicals

HSE admits it ‘cannot keep pace’ with EU chemicals regulation

Toxic chemicals

The Health and Safety Executive will need another four years before it reaches full capacity to regulate chemicals post-Brexit, according to a report from the National Audit Office

Regulation

Regulators team up to provide free advice to water innovators

The Drinking Water Inspectorate, Ofwat and the Environment Agency have launched a new online service to provide regulatory advice to businesses and water innovators

Fines Monitor Water pollution

EA chief: DEFRA ‘told us not to enforce farm water rules’

James Bevan

The government told the Environment Agency not to enforce new farm rules designed to protect water bodies from fertiliser pollution, the regulator’s chief executive told MPs yesterday