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April 18, 2021
 
News, analysis and comment about environmental regulations and enforcement and about environmental developments in Westminster, Holyrood and other UK centres, as well as in the EU and at international level, delivered weekly
 
‘Deficient and damning’: What does the EU air pollution ruling mean for the UK?
‘Deficient and damning’: What does the EU air pollution ruling mean for the UK?

18 Mar 2021

A ruling by the Court of Justice of the EU that the UK had broken air pollution law for a decade has been embarrassing for the government, but will it have any impact on the nation’s air quality? Isabella Kaminski reports

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PFAS poisoning: Why is so little known about the presence of ‘forever chemicals’ in UK drinking water?
PFAS poisoning: Why is so little known about the presence of ‘forever chemicals’ in UK drinking water?

19 Mar 2021

Countries across the world are scrambling to understand and curb the impacts of toxic chemicals which have made their way into drinking water supplies and have been linked to a range of diseases including at least two cancers. But there are no routine tests for it in the UK. Rachel Salvidge asks why

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The Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy: 15 things you need to know
The Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy: 15 things you need to know

17 Mar 2021

The government has set out how it plans to bring down industrial greenhouse gas emissions to a tenth of current levels by 2050. Here’s what you need to know

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Why has the EA dropped pollution incidents from its quarterly report?
Why has the EA dropped pollution incidents from its quarterly report?

18 Mar 2021

The Environment Agency’s removal of pollution incidents from its scorecard have drawn flack from those suspecting it has something to hide. James Fair reports

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Clean air plans: 12 things you need to know
Clean air plans: 12 things you need to know

16 Mar 2021

The first of England’s clean air zones is now in force and many more such schemes are rolling out. Here’s what you need to know

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Latest news

 
UK ‘halfway’ to hitting 2050 net zero target

The UK’s greenhouse gas emissions fell last year to 51% below 1990 levels, meaning the country is halfway to meeting its 2050 net zero emissions target, an analysis has revealed

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EA examining digital upgrades for regulatory and permitting systems

The Environment Agency is undertaking a review of how its regulatory services are provided, with the aim of modernising and digitising their delivery, ENDS understands

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EA stands firm on controversial waste guidance despite pleas from industry

The Environment Agency has reiterated the need for waste firms to carry out their operations within enclosed workspaces, despite industry concerns that such requirements could lead to an increase in waste crime, the landfilling of otherwise recyclable material and the closure of waste businesses

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'Business as usual': Concerns flagged over newly-launched Sustainable Farming Incentive

Campaigners have warned that the government’s Sustainable Farming Incentive scheme, launched last week as part of its post-Brexit changes to agricultural subsidies, could represent 'business as usual' rather than effective results-based incentives delivering environmental gain

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EA chief: Reaching net zero is ‘not enough to combat climate crisis'

Focusing efforts solely on reducing and offsetting emissions will not be enough to properly combat the climate emergency, Environment Agency chief executive Sir James Bevan will tell businesses and government representatives today

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'Falling short of legal obligations': UK’s pollutant emissions off target

The UK probably failed to meet a target to cut ammonia emissions last year and is on track to miss targets for four major air pollutants in 2030, an analysis for DEFRA suggests

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BEIS seeks views on free allocations in UK Emissions Trading Scheme

The government is seeking opinions on how the use of free allocations can better incentivise emissions reduction under the UK Emissions Trading Scheme

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UK making ‘good progress’ on PFAS and POPs, DEFRA claims

Progress on addressing the legacy of persistent organic pollutants, such as the toxic surfactant PFOA and flame retardant decaBDE has been hit by the pandemic, according to a consultation

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Council leader faces calls to step down for ‘curse on the community’ waste offence

The leader of New Forest District Council is facing calls to step down after he pleaded guilty to flouting environmental regulations at a scrapyard which had caused a 'curse on the community', according to a judge

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Business calls for green standards in trade deals

Major UK supermarkets and food businesses have joined forces with WWF to 'urge the UK government to align trade with environmental ambition'

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Shapps cancels Ox-Cam expressway
Shapps cancels Ox-Cam expressway

19 Mar 2021

Transport secretary Grant Shapps announced the cancellation of the Oxford-Cambridge (Ox-Cam) expressway yesterday, after finding the proposed project would not be cost-effective

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‘Rampant bullying’: Sellafield’s workplace culture deemed ‘a recipe for disaster’
‘Rampant bullying’: Sellafield’s workplace culture deemed ‘a recipe for disaster’

15 Mar 2021

Whistleblowers have described a potentially dangerous workplace culture of harassment and abuse at Sellafield, which called the bomb squad after a chemical incident last year

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'Massive gaps' in post-Brexit environmental regulations, warn green groups
'Massive gaps' in post-Brexit environmental regulations, warn green groups

16 Mar 2021

The government's promise of a 'green Brexit' has fallen short, an analysis by a coalition of 12 UK environmental organisations has concluded

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Fines Monitor: live table
Fines Monitor: live table

29 Mar 2021

Click through to view a live table containing details of tens of millions of pounds of financial penalties issued by regulators in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland for breaches of environmental regulations

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Track compliance deadlines: download the latest horizon scanning guide
Track compliance deadlines: download the latest horizon scanning guide

16 Mar 2021

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

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