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43 things you need to know about the Environment Bill

43 things you need to know about the Environment Bill

The Environment Bill has returned to parliament with new powers on plastic waste and a requirement for ministers to review and report on international green law. Here's what you need to know about what's new and what has been retained... Read more

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Regulation

EA chief signals departure from Water Framework Directive rules

Environment Agency chief Sir James Bevan has signalled his support for the reform of key aspects of environmental regulation and said red tape must not hinder a ‘green recovery’, in a speech today

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What targets should be set out in the Environment Bill?

Green groups have welcomed the Environment Bill’s target-setting provision and a government paper determining the goals is imminent. James Fair asks what kind of targets the government should be aiming at

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

DEFRA seeks initial funding for green watchdog

DEFRA has requested a repayable cash advance to make initial appointments to the Office for Environmental Protection, the post-Brexit watchdog that will oversee public authorities’ compliance with green rules

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Eustice’s ‘deregulatory race to the bottom’: 15 things you need to know

The environment secretary set out plans to overhaul the EIA regime, beef up Natural England’s net gain role, fund natural capitals assessments and ditch some EU green laws in a major speech about the future of environmental policy yesterday. Green groups fear a ‘race to the bottom’. Here’s what you need to know

Analysis

Brexit Hub Environmental Law

Will the new green watchdog be established in time?

Will the new green watchdog be established in time?

The Environment Bill underpinning the new Office for Environmental Protection is on ice, but there are less than six months to go before the watchdog will be needed. Can DEFRA set it up in time and will it be fit for purpose? James Fair reports

Brexit Hub Environmental Law

Has Eustice fired the starting gun on a ‘deregulatory race to the bottom’?

The environment secretary has set out plans to overhaul the EIA regime and ditch elements of EU green law, following Boris Johnson’s announcement that he intends to ‘scythe through red tape’ and build the country out of its economic slump, a move which has elicited fears for the future of green protections. Rachel Salvidge reports

Air

Environment Bill: Why the government is reluctant to set tougher air quality targets

An amendment to the Environment Bill, attempting to commit the government to reducing concentrations of small particulate matter, failed at the first hurdle. Adam Branson asks why ministers are resisting calls to set tougher targets in line with the World Health Organisation

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Parliament Brexit Hub

'Too much wriggle room', 'Absurd caveat' – MPs and peers set out their Environment Bill green lines

'Too much wriggle room', 'Absurd caveat' – MPs and peers set out their Environment Bill green lines

As pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Environment Bill gets under way, some MPs and peers have already set their own ‘green lines’. Where will the flashpoints arise?

Environmental Law

38 things you need to know about the Environment Bill

38 things you need to know about the Environment Bill

The landmark Environment Bill would make significant changes to laws relating to air quality, water resources, waste management, nature improvement and chemicals, and sets out how a new green watchdog would enforce environmental rules. Here’s what you need to know.

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