ENDS Report Issue 555, June 2021


How keen is DEFRA to protect UK habitats?

How keen is DEFRA to protect UK habitats?

Environmental groups are concerned about DEFRA's plan to review the habitats regulations

Environmental Law

Interview: What Erin Brockovich thinks about cover-ups, gaslighting and 'ass-backwards regulation'

Interview: What Erin Brockovich thinks about cover-ups, gaslighting and 'ass-backwards regulation'

It’s been more than two decades since Erin Brockovich proved PG&E was poisoning a Californian town and she’s been holding polluters across the world to account ever since

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Hidden in the shadows: Modern slavery in the waste sector

The victims of what is reported to be the largest modern slavery ring ever to be uncovered in the UK talk to ENDS about how they ended up working in a recycling plant, and how they eventually escaped their captors


Toxic time bombs: The historic landfills at risk of flooding

Hundreds of historic landfills are located in areas susceptible to flooding, an analysis by ENDS has found. The finding adds to growing concerns that old tips could become major sources of pollution as a result of climate change if no action is taken to protect them


How some major waste firms are achieving high compliance scores

All of one major waste firm’s sites were in the highest A and B compliance bands in 2019, according to official data, with several other companies close behind. We talk to them about their approach to compliance

Industrial emissions

Infographic: Focus on the UK's biggest polluters

Pollutant releases to air in the UK in 2019 were up slightly compared with the previous year, but have almost halved over the past decade, according to data contained in DEFRA’s UK Pollutant Release and Transfer Register

Nuclear power

Fact checker: Are Sellafield beaches safe?

The Environment Agency has reported that radioactive objects found on the beaches around Sellafield posed a 'very low' risk to health

Water pollution

5 things you need to know about the government's sewage plan

The government is trying to reduce the water sector’s reliance on storm overflows after data showed raw sewage was released in waterways for 3.1 million hours in 2020

Planning & land use

The debrief: How a sustainable urban drainage scheme is delivering wider benefits

The need to retrofit urban areas to cope with a changing climate, and mitigate its existing impacts, is one of the great engineering challenges of our times. A project in Cardiff seeks to deliver these objectives through green infrastructure


Policy briefing: The lowdown on the extended producer responsibility scheme

A new consultation has set out the key elements of a proposed scheme that will make packaging producers take on the full cost of managing their products’ waste

Products & Chemicals

Will the UK courts play referee on chemicals?

A judgment from the European Court of Justice earlier this year holding that the European Commission must take a more robust approach to its quasi-political decisions on authorising the use of chemicals, could have major implications for UK chemicals regulations

Climate change

Data check: The pathway to net zero

The Committee on Climate Change said in April that the delivery of the sixth carbon budget will be a challenge for government and society and that its interest in setting targets will now decline, while its 'fascination with delivery increases'

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