Environmental Law

Landowner pays £27,000 for chemical dumping that killed fish

A retired plant nursery owner has received a small fine for allowing waste pesticides to enter a watercourse, though has been forced to pay £25,000 in costs to the Environment Agency

Environmental Politics

DEFRA’s new ministerial team: 9 things you need to know

DEFRA’s new ministerial team: 9 things you need to know

It has been all change at DEFRA since Boris Johnson became prime minister in July. Here’s what you need to know about the department’s new ministerial team

Fines Monitor Water

‘Negligent’ Anglian Water to pay £157,000 for sewage spill

Anglian Water has been fined £146,000 for polluting a Northamptonshire stream with sewage two years ago

Waste

Abandoned toxic medical waste remains at site nine months after firm goes bust

Contaminated medical waste is still present in a building in North Tyneside, nine months after Healthcare Environmental Services (HES) went bust, the Environment Agency (EA) has confirmed

Policy

Environment minister Pow to take on waste, climate, nature briefs

Environment minister Pow to take on waste, climate, nature briefs

Newly appointed junior environment minister Rebecca Pow will take on responsibility for climate adaptation, nature, water and waste, according to DEFRA

Environmental Law

Court of Appeal upholds planning refusal on air quality grounds

Three judges have upheld a refusal for planning permission on air quality grounds, amid concerns that nitrogen dioxide emissions from traffic could compromise a local air quality management area

Prosecutions

BP Exploration fined £400k for oil terminal leak

Major oil firm BP has been fined £400,000 for an oil pipeline leak at the Sullom Voe oil terminal in the Shetland Islands seven years ago

Brexit Hub Brexit

Environmental divergence: What could change after Brexit?

Environmental divergence: What could change after Brexit?

There are growing signs that the UK government is seeking to diverge from EU green rules after Brexit, with particular pressure to water down nature protections. But how feasible would such changes be? Simon Pickstone investigates