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Grenfell fire: Will a toxicology expert's resignation prompt a rethink about risk assessment? ...

Grenfell fire: Will a toxicology expert's resignation prompt a rethink about risk assessment?

Concerns over the government’s approach to the environmental aftermath of one of the UK’s worst modern disasters led a toxicology expert to quit an advisory panel in August. Does contamination pose... Read more

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Environment Bill: Clean air rules to be amended after 7 years’ wait

The Environment Bill amends air quality provisions that go back to the 1950s but it does not contain the new target for fine particulates (PM2.5) that had been anticipated


London plans to meet WHO air quality target by 2030

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has promised that the capital will comply with the World Health Organization’s guideline limit and backed a ‘Global Green New Deal’ on climate change

Climate change

Heathrow will ‘struggle’ to justify environmental impact of expansion, says BA boss

The future of Heathrow Airport’s third runway hangs in the balance – in part because of environmental concerns, according to the chief executive of British Airways owner IAG


DEFRA cuts air quality grant budget

DEFRA has opened bidding on the latest round of funding for local authorities to improve air quality across England


Ineos set to close Seal Sands plant due to ‘crazy’ compliance costs

Ineos is set to close its Seal Sands acrylonitriles plant on Teesside due to under-investment and the costs of meeting its environmental obligations, its owner has said


Environmental Law

Compliance: Ineos's Seal Sands plant's permit performance

Compliance: Ineos's Seal Sands plant's permit performance

Ineos has announced that its Seal Sands acrylonitrile plant on Teesside faces closure, citing the cost of environmental regulation among the reasons behind its decision. The plant has a poor record of compliance with its environmental permits over recent years, Environment Agency data shows


Briefing: What the BREF review process means for UK industry

Two large industries are about to undergo a review of their environmental compliance rules – how will it work and what does the future hold for IED installations in the UK?

Environmental Politics

DEFRA reshuffle: What does the new look ministry mean for environmental policy?

With two new ministers and a new secretary of state, DEFRA’s new ministerial team has a very different look compared to the one run by Michael Gove before the summer. Rachel Salvidge examines what the new recruits might mean for the future of environmental policy


Why SEPA acted against a chemical plant’s flaring

Closely-linked chemical plants operated by Shell and ExxonMobil in Fife have been ordered to make upgrades to cut the frequency of flaring. Gareth Simkins looks into why the Scottish Environment Protection Agency took action


Data check: Pollution incidents in Wales

Pollution incidents in Wales are increasing, according to Natural Resources Wales

Environmental Politics

What’s going to be in the Environment Bill?

The remaining parts of the draft Environment Bill are due to be published this autumn. What do we already know and what has yet to be resolved?

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