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How the Environment Agency and a water firm discussed plans to silence residents over sewage pollution
How the Environment Agency and a water firm discussed plans to silence residents over sewage pollution

22 Jul 2021

Residents asking questions about sewage pollution have obtained redacted correspondence that suggests they have been at the centre of a concerted effort by the Environment Agency and Northumbrian Water to halt their enquiries. Rachel Salvidge investigates

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Interview: Rebecca Pow on the latest amendments to the Environment Bill
Interview: Rebecca Pow on the latest amendments to the Environment Bill

22 Jul 2021

As the government's flagship green legislation nears royal assent, environment minister Rebecca Pow speaks to ENDS about controversial plans to refocus the Habitats Regulations and measures in the bill to tackle sewage discharges from storm overflows

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Latest news

EXCLUSIVE: EA water quality testing yet to return to pre-pandemic levels

Water quality testing conducted by the Environment Agency has still not returned to pre-pandemic levels, raising concerns that permit breaches and pollution incidents in rivers are frequently going unnoticed

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COP15: Major biodiversity summit to be delayed again to 2022, negotiators told

A COP15 co-chair has told negotiators to expect the biodiversity summit to take place in May 2022, as green groups warn the UK government not to use the delay as an 'excuse for inaction' at home

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‘Works of fiction’: Scientists disparage developers’ biodiversity gain plans

Scientists have warned that developers will be able to manipulate the government’s biodiversity net gain plans for new developments, having examined the schemes of early adopters

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Vote on Knepp rewilding estate developments pulled at last minute

A vote that would have sealed the fate of a controversial housing development on the edge of the Knepp rewilding estate has been cancelled by Horsham District Council

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Yorkshire Water aims to reduce sewage dumping through new pilot

Yorkshire Water has set out plans for a smart wastewater network pilot that it hopes will help reduce intermittent sewage discharges into the river Wharfe

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‘Not a matter for the Court’: Judge rejects climate challenge against government’s £27.4bn road scheme

The High Court has ruled the government’s £27.4bn road investment strategy to be lawful following a legal challenge from campaigners who say the decision lets the government 'off the hook'

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Environment Agency and Natural England clash over wetland restoration

Natural England is seeking compensation from the Environment Agency because its refusal to issue permits for fish barriers has jeopardised a £4m project to restore an internationally important wetland lake that has been polluted with sewage for decades, an insider close to the project has said

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Mine remediation firm ordered to pay out over £56,000 for river pollution incidents

A company has been ordered to pay out over £56,000 following a series of pollution incidents related to remediation works at a former Welsh coal mine

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COP15: Government must step up ahead of biodiversity summit, urge peers

Peers have called on the government to step up efforts to protect nature ahead of the major UN biodiversity conference in October, which they say is set to under-deliver.

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Fossil fuels demise leads England’s material footprint drop since 2001

Latest government statistics show that fossil fuels now make up less than a fifth of England’s material footprint, down from 35% in 2001

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DEFRA seeks views on offsetting developments impacting MPAs

DEFRA has opened a consultation on guidance which would require developments that impact marine protected areas to take compensatory measures.

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ENDS Report issue 556, July 2021
ENDS Report issue 556, July 2021

29 Jun 2021

The latest edition of the ENDS Report is now out. Click through to read the full version of the magazine online

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