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Environmental Law

Will the EA use new powers to commit state-sponsored crime?

Will the EA use new powers to commit state-sponsored crime?

The ‘spy cops bill’ gives the agency powers to legally undertake torture, murder and rape in pursuit of criminals, but would it go that far? Adam Branson reports

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Chemicals

Hazardous chemicals database opens as industry deadline looms

A new database requiring manufacturers and importers to list the hazardous substances in the products they sell has been opened by the European Chemicals Agency two months ahead of an EU-wide registration deadline

Waste

EA refuses Biffa’s soil washing permit

The Environment Agency has refused waste giant Biffa permission to add a soil washing and heat treatment facility to its aggregate treatment and recycling facility in Horsham, West Sussex, due to concerns over the potential for toxic emissions

Environmental Politics

‘Don’t let the government deregulate planning,’ campaigners warn

A countryside charity is urging others to join their campaign to stop the government from changing planning rules, which they say would remove decision-making powers from communities and local councils

Environmental Law

Hundreds of tonnes of waste dumped in Sri Lanka arrive back in the UK

A consignment of 21 containers illegally exported to Sri Lanka three years ago arrived back in England this week, according to the Environment Agency

Regulation

DEFRA on the defensive over raw sewage pollution

The environment department is having to issue multiple statements to defend its record on river pollution as criticism over the Environment Agency’s regulation of the water sector’s sewage discharges into rivers and seas intensifies

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Campaigning

Interview: Extinction Rebellion's Gail Bradbrook on growing criticism, eco-fascism and net zero by 2025

Interview: Extinction Rebellion's Gail Bradbrook on growing criticism, eco-fascism and net zero by 2025

Two years on from Extinction Rebellion’s formation, there are rumours of splits, rival factions and, as public goodwill wanes, signs the government could classify XR as an organised crime group. With XR seemingly at a crossroads, Gail Bradbrook, the group’s co-founder, talks to ENDS about where it goes next

Products & Chemicals

The chemicals killing our rivers

The chemicals killing our rivers

All of England’s surface water bodies are in bad chemical health, with numerous toxic chemicals now ‘ubiquitous’ in the aquatic environment, according to official water quality classifications published in September. How can they be dealt with?

Campaigning

How crowdfunding platforms are driving a rise in climate-related legal challenges

How crowdfunding platforms are driving a rise in climate-related legal challenges

Chris Packham raised £140,665 from the public to fund a legal challenge against ministers' backing of the HS2 rail link. While unsuccessful, the case was one of a growing number of climate-related legal battles, spurred on by crowdfunding campaigns

Land, Ecology & Development

The debrief: How a project is helping restore two chalk streams to favourable SSSI status

The debrief: How a project is helping restore two chalk streams to favourable SSSI status

The poor condition of England’s waterways and the important habitats they provide has been making headlines recently, but a project in Hampshire shows how they can be successfully restored to meet environmental targets

Planning & land use

Policy briefing: What constitutes a ‘disaster’ for the purposes of EIA?

Policy briefing: What constitutes a ‘disaster’ for the purposes of EIA?

In 2017, environmental impact assessments were required to assess a project’s major accident or disaster risks. New guidance from professional body IEMA aims to help

Biodiversity / conservation

Focus on: Britain’s Big Butterfly Count

Focus on: Britain’s Big Butterfly Count

This year’s Big Butterfly Count recorded the lowest number of butterflies in the event’s 11-year history, according to its organiser Butterfly Conservation

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