Fines Monitor Regulation

EA heads blame budget cuts for decline in enforcement and monitoring

EA heads blame budget cuts for decline in enforcement and monitoring

Budget cuts have led to a drop in Environment Agency enforcement activity and monitoring, and that 'our ability to see what’s happening in the environment is starting to decline', the regulator’s chair Sir James Bevan has told a committee of MPs

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

Air

EXCLUSIVE: Local industrial enforcement plummets

EXCLUSIVE: Local industrial enforcement plummets

Industries regulated by English and Welsh local authorities are facing fewer than ever prosecutions, inspections and enforcement notices, according to previously undisclosed data

Green buildings

Government sets out ‘radical’ measures to reduce emissions from buildings

The government has set out new energy efficiency standards under which new homes are expected to produce 75-80% lower carbon emissions, in a bid to ensure all homes in the UK are highly energy-efficient and ‘zero carbon ready’ by 2025

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

Waste

EA relaxes rules on plastic waste due to Basel Convention disruption

Waste firms will be able to temporarily exceed their limits for storing waste plastic if they cannot remove it from their site because of disruption caused by changes to the Basel Convention, the Environment Agency has said

Environmental Law

Track compliance deadlines: download the latest horizon scanning guide

Track compliance deadlines: download the latest horizon scanning guide

Click through to download the Horizon Scanning Guide, tracking upcoming deadlines across 12 key environmental, energy and health and safety sectors.

Prosecutions

NatureScot appoints new wildlife crime investigator

NatureScot has appointed a new specialist police officer to help investigate wildlife crime across Scotland