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Waste

A perfect storm: Are permitting delays threatening the government's growth agenda?

A perfect storm: Are permitting delays threatening the  government's growth agenda?

Despite repeated pledges from the EA to improve its service, ENDS has heard that permitting delays are still the norm. With the UK embarking on a major infrastructure building drive, experts say improvements are needed now in order to avoid a perfect storm. Conor McGlone reports.... Read more

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Land, Ecology & Development

DEFRA reveals winners of £40m nature funding package

Almost a million trees will be planted and hundreds of jobs supported through the second tranche of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, according to DEFRA

Waste

EA warns builders over ‘marked increase’ in illegal plastic exports

The waste and construction industries have been put on notice by the Environment Agency (EA) to 'deal with waste plastic properly' and to stop the illegal export of highly contaminated material

Carbon capture and storage

‘Get ahead of the game’ on carbon capture technologies, government urged

The UK government must commit to the wide-scale deployment of new greenhouse gas removal technologies by 2030 in order to meet its climate change obligations, according to a report by the National Infrastructure Commission

Planning & land use

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

Global negotiations

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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Environmental Law

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

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

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

Regulation

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

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

Odour

MAPPED: The areas around a notorious landfill that have recorded the highest hydrogen sulphide levels

MAPPED: The areas around a notorious landfill that have recorded the highest hydrogen sulphide levels

Click through to view an interactive map with details of hydrogen sulphide readings at monitoring stations installed around the Walleys Quarry landfill in Staffordshire

Brexit Hub Legislation

Mind the governance gap: Will environmental crimes go unpunished?

Mind the governance gap: Will environmental crimes go unpunished?

England's green watchdog's powers are curtailed by the Environment Bill and Wales is a long way from establishing any body to cover the governance gap left created by Brexit. Will this lead to an overall weakening of environmental protections? asks James Fair

Regulation

The debrief: How a groundbreaking carbon capture and use scheme secured its environmental permit

The debrief: How a groundbreaking carbon capture and use scheme secured its environmental permit

When an international chemicals firm wanted to develop the UK’s first large-scale scheme to capture carbon emissions and use them in a range of applications, it also found itself blazing a path through a complex permitting process

Is the UK ready for urban beavers?

Is the UK ready for urban beavers?

Beavers are returning to the the UK and will sooner or later naturally expand into urban areas. Wildlife organisations are preparing the ground, reports Catherine Early

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