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Land, Ecology & Development

Heathrow expansion: The four biggest environmental challenges

Heathrow expansion: The four biggest environmental challenges

With Heathrow airport unveiling updated proposals to build a third runway, ENDS takes a look at the environmental barriers the plan faces – and how Heathrow intends to tackle them

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Environmental Law

Gove: Green watchdog ‘should be able to bite on climate change’

Environment secretary Michael Gove has pledged that the forthcoming Environment Bill will be a “world first’ in its commitments to legally binding environmental targets, in a speech this morning

Odour

Campaign against renderer’s ‘Penrith pong’ reignites

An animal by-products processing facility in Cumbria has been the subject of renewed complaints about odorous emissions

Investment & finance

Environmental consultancy WYG acquired by US firm

One of the UK's largest environmental consultancies has been taken over by a US consulting and engineering service provider in a £43m deal

Parliament

Government ‘stalling’ on public’s toxic exposures, say MPs

The government’s failure to make critical changes to rules that put toxic chemicals into British furniture is “completely unacceptable” say MPs, who have also attacked a “lack of urgency” in responding to contamination from the Grenfell Tower disaster

Land, Ecology & Development

Planning Inspectorate falls short on determining environmental appeals

The Planning Inspectorate has failed to hit its target for determining environmental appeals on time, according to its latest annual report.

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Water

Marking their own homework: Is self-reporting open to abuse?

Marking their own homework: Is self-reporting open to abuse?

With multiple incidences of companies misreporting information to their regulators, including Southern Water’s recent £126m penalty for dodging sampling requirements, James Fair asks whether the controversial practice of self-reporting is fit for purpose

Waste

Why a row over an incinerator could lead to more EfW lawsuits

Why a row over an incinerator could lead to more EfW lawsuits

With energy recovery rates soaring, recycling rates flagging and export markets closing their doors to recyclable material, some legal commentators believe EfW operators might increasingly be open to the kind of lawsuit faced by Gloucestershire County Council over its Javelin Park incinerator. Conor McGlone investigates

Water

South coast nitrates crisis: 6 things you need to know

South coast nitrates crisis: 6 things you need to know

New legal advice on nitrate levels adopted by England’s nature regulator has put planning applications on the south coast in limbo. Here are 6 things you need to know about the advice that has brought Hampshire housebuilding to a halt

Environmental Law

How deliberate data manipulation earned a utility a record penalty

How deliberate data manipulation earned a utility a record penalty

The Environment Agency is investigating Southern Water after Ofwat fined the firm £126m for deliberately dodging wastewater sampling, but will it prosecute or has it ‘gone soft on polluters’? James Fair reports

Environmental Law

8 things you need to know about Natural England’s future priorities

England’s nature regulator is gearing up to make itself fit for a new regulatory landscape. Here’s what you need to know about how it sees its role changing

Coal

Focus on: Coal's fading power

Focus on: Coal's fading power

The UK’s record-breaking streak without coal power came to an end at 9.20pm on Tuesday 4 June, after 18 days and six hours without electricity generated from coal

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