Water pollution

‘Free for all’: EA officers ‘inspect just one farm every 263 years’

‘Free for all’: EA officers ‘inspect just one farm every 263 years’

Environment Agency officers made just 403 visits to registered farm businesses in England in 2018/19 - suggesting that farmers can expect to receive an inspection from the regulator once every 263 years - an NGO has claimed following a freedom of information request

Biodiversity / conservation

Is wildlife restoration about to become big business?

Is wildlife restoration about to become big business?

With rewilding gaining in popularity and biodiversity net gain soon to be mandated, more private money is becoming interested in what some believe will become a ‘potentially huge market’. James Fair reports

Protected areas

DFERA blames EU laws as Greenpeace drops granite blocks to stop trawling

DEFRA has said EU legislation is making it difficult to introduce measures in offshore Marine Protected Areas, after Greenpeace this week built an underwater barrier to stop alleged bottom trawling in the North Sea

Fines Monitor Environmental Law

New waste fine – total payout £41,600

Colin Carr and David Bircher, former directors of Carr and Bircher Ltd, both pleaded guilty to breaching their environmental permit, in contravention of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 and were sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on 11 September.

Regulation

Permitting delays jeopardise industry preparations for new rules, says trade body

Permitting delays at the Environment Agency are making it difficult for businesses in the biowaste sector to prepare for the significant changes they must implement to comply with impending EU rules, according to the Association for Renewable Energy and clean technology

Brexit Hub Legislation

Eustice warns of dangers of overarching green targets

Eustice warns of dangers of overarching green targets

Environment secretary George Eustice has set out his intention to set multiple legally binding targets for water quality, air quality, biodiversity and waste, saying that composite goals 'miss certain things'

Water pollution

Sewage pollution: Which water companies have the biggest clean-up task?

Sewage pollution: Which water companies have the biggest clean-up task?

The water sector must investigate more than 700 sewer outfalls to find out why they are dumping raw sewage into rivers so frequently and improve hundreds more by 2025 in an attempt to improve water quality, but which firms have the biggest task ahead? Asks Rachel Salvidge

Regulation

Environment Agency chair defends water pollution record

Environment Agency chair Emma Howard Boyd has hit back at critics who have described the regulator as 'discredited and failed' for its performance on protecting rivers, lakes and coastal waters