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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... Read more

Latest news

In a hurry? Monday's environment news in 60 seconds

A round-up of the top stories this morning from ENDS and elsewhere, including DEFRA seeks views on offsetting developments impacting MPAs and PPE distributor pays £13k to charity after breaching packaging rules

Protected areas

DEFRA seeks views on offsetting developments impacting MPAs

DEFRA has opened a consultation on guidance which would require developments that impact marine protected areas to take compensatory measures.

Recycling

PPE distributor pays £13k to charity after breaching packaging rules

A firm which distributes hygiene products, such as face masks and hand sanitiser, has paid an enforcement undertaking after falling foul of packaging regulations

Regulation

‘Profoundly grateful’ game alliance offered to help DEFRA with environmental inspections

The British Game Alliance offered to carry out environmental inspections for DEFRA during a review of gamebird release management, a freedom of information release has revealed

Energy

Green Gas Levy to support biogas injection launches this autumn

A new support scheme for injecting biomethane into the gas grid, funded by a new charge on suppliers of fossil gas, will launch this autumn

Latest analysis

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

Legislation

Why do secrecy clauses underpin the Office for Environmental Protection?

Why do secrecy clauses underpin the Office for Environmental Protection?

The Environment Bill contains provisions that would prevent the green watchdog from disclosing information about its investigations, alarming peers and green groups alike. Wil Crisp reports

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