Water resources, efficiency

‘Chaos’: DEFRA to blame for England’s looming water shortages, say MPs

‘Chaos’: DEFRA to blame for England’s looming water shortages, say MPs

DEFRA, the Environment Agency and Ofwat are collectively to blame for putting parts of England at serious risk of running out of water within 20 years, according to a committee of backbench MPs, adding to a growing body of evidence suggesting water has been mismanaged for decades

Regulation

EA 5-year plan: 6 things you need to know

EA 5-year plan: 6 things you need to know

Environment Agency chief executive Sir James Bevan said yesterday that the regulator’s five-year plan would enable it to 'lead the way toward a greener, healthier future' and that the climate challenges of the future will not be overcome by a return to business as usual after the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s what you need to know

Environmental Law

Birds and Habitats Directives bolstered in new ECJ ruling

Organisations with a statutory duty to carry out works in the public interest, such as draining farmland, could still be liable for damaging European protected sites, according to a new ruling from the EU’s top court

Environmental Politics

Green lawyers threaten action over Covid-19 bailouts

The climate emergency 'cannot be put on hold and it cannot be overridden' while the government responds to the Covid-19 crisis, says environmental law group Plan B

Planning & land use

Eustice: EIA is ‘clunky, cumbersome and involves a lot of consultants’

Eustice: EIA is ‘clunky, cumbersome and involves a lot of consultants’

Work is underway to reform the environmental impact assessment system to make it more effective with ‘less process’, the environment secretary George Eustice has said, describing the regime as a cumbersome, time-consuming, tick-box exercise

Land, Ecology & Development

DEFRA extends an AONB for the first time in 30 years

The government has today confirmed that the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty will be expanded by around 38 square kilometres

Water

Pollution tracker: 5 of the worst pollution incidents reported in June

Pollution tracker: 5 of the worst pollution incidents reported in June

Updated monthly: ENDS’ new pollution tracker logs some of the worst pollution incidents taking place across the UK each month, along with any action that is being undertaken to remedy the damage. The latest update includes details of a river that was turned putrid green, and an unresolved 10-month sewage spill

Planning & land use

Enforcement notice dropped for ‘lack of technical resources’

A local authority has withdrawn an enforcement notice related to the use of construction waste on land in part because it does not have the expertise to assess it properly