Waste water & sewage

‘Shoulder your responsibilities’: Water firms blamed for microplastic pollution in UK rivers

‘Shoulder your responsibilities’: Water firms blamed for microplastic pollution in UK rivers

Poor management of untreated wastewater and raw sewage by water companies is the main source of microplastic pollution in UK rivers, according to new research published today

Waste

Campaigners ‘mull legal action against notorious Walleys Quarry’

Campaigners say they are planning to take legal action against the operators of the now notorious Walleys Quarry, which has been the subject of thousands of complaints over odour problems

Chemical risks and hazards

Toxic PFAS chemicals found in 100% of breast milk samples

Toxic PFAS chemicals found in 100% of breast milk samples

Toxic PFAS substances, which are known as ‘forever chemicals’ because they do not degrade and which have been linked to a range of diseases, including two cancers, have been found in the breast milk of every woman tested as part of a new study

Energy

Ignoring oil and gas subsidies is ‘unlawful and irrational’

A government agency is wrongly interpreting its legal duty to ‘maximise the economic recovery’ of oil and gas, says a new legal challenge

Environmental Law

Scrapyard operator pays for breaching permit conditions

The owner of a Lancashire scrapyard has received a suspended jail sentence, curfew order and told to pay over £17,000 in costs for persistently disregarding environmental permit obligations

Industrial emissions

Can the government make good on its 78% emissions cut pledge?

Can the government make good on its 78% emissions cut pledge?

The government is making bold pledges in the run up to COP26 but many say the policies to drive action are lacking and that past flip flopping has damaged industry confidence. Danny Halpin reports

Brexit Hub Environmental assessment

Why did the EA refuse to release environmental information about a huge Brexit lorry park?

Why did the EA refuse to release environmental information about a huge Brexit lorry park?

The agency says releasing data on the construction, design, layout and operation of the site would be ‘capable of adversely affecting public safety’, but experts are not convinced. Isabella Kaminski reports

Waste

EA beats own compliance monitoring target in ‘open to abuse’ packaging system

The Environment Agency last year beat its own compliance monitoring target for the packaging regime and intercepted 200,000 tonnes of illegitimate waste, the regulator has announced