Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Northern Irish minister ‘open’ to independent EPA

Northern Ireland’s environment minister has given a cautious welcome to ambitions to set up an independent agency to oversee binding environmental targets

Brexit Hub Environmental Law

How will DEFRA’s new environmental land management scheme work?

How will DEFRA’s new environmental land management scheme work?

A radical new environmental land management scheme has been sketched out in the Agriculture Bill but details surrounding how it would work in practice are thin on the ground. Isabella Kaminski reports

Products & Chemicals

ECHA names four new substances of very high concern

The European Chemicals Agency has added four chemicals to its list of substances of very high concern and has also proposed restrictions on 4,000 chemicals used in tattoo inks

Environmental Law

Third conviction and disqualification for Newhaven waste siblings

A brother and sister who stockpiled a huge quantity of waste at their premises in East Sussex have been disqualified from being company directors for three years and ordered to pay £33,000

Waste

‘Wholly ill trained’ waste operators’ failings led to months-long fire

A couple whose repeated failure to abide by Environment Agency instructions led to a months-long fire in the mountain of waste they left near a Yorkshire town have been handed community sentences

Landfill

Why an appeal over landfill ‘fluff’ could have major implications for the waste sector

Why an appeal over landfill ‘fluff’ could have major implications for the waste sector

Legal experts agree that an Upper Tribunal decision on landfill ‘fluff’ could have far reaching implications for the waste industry. Conor McGlone reports

Environmental Law

Is Natural England reluctant to prosecute rule breakers?

Is Natural England reluctant to prosecute rule breakers?

In its 14 year history, the nature regulator has brought just 14 successful prosecutions. James Fair asks whether the enforcer is proving to be a soft touch

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

DEFRA’s Brexit bills ‘fall short’ on climate change, warns Labour

The government’s key new bills on agriculture, fisheries and the environment do not go far enough to cut carbon dioxide emissions, shadow environment secretary Luke Pollard told parliament yesterday