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Industrial emissions

How standard permitting rules are changing for a range of activities

The Environment Agency has revised conditions for a swathe of permitting conditions for the most common regulated activities. Gareth Simkins investigates

Latest news

Unconventional oil & gas

Cuadrilla warned for releasing tonnes of methane

Fracking firm Cuadrilla Resources has breached three of its environmental permitting conditions, according to an Environment Agency (EA) audit of its Preston New Road shale gas exploration site

Industrial emissions

Pay up for flaring incident, council tells ExxonMobil

“Appropriate and substantial compensation” should be paid to individuals and communities affected by sustained flaring at ExxonMobil’s Fife ethylene plant, according to local councillors

Global negotiations

IMO brings forward ship greenhouse gas targets

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed to accelerate greenhouse gas reduction requirements for new ships, while its failure to take other action on climate has been compared to ‘rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic’

Air

Health agency launches air quality review

Public Health England has kicked off an in-depth review of the health burden of air pollution, while health secretary Matt Hancock has pledged to cut emissions from the NHS

Air

DEFRA defends progress on new air quality targets

DEFRA has rejected claims that it has been too slow to set a new legal target for air quality based on World Health Organization guidelines, saying it would be ready for the publication of the Environment Bill

Analysis

Industrial emissions

Why medium combustion plants are starting to feel the heat

Why medium combustion plants are starting to feel the heat

With around 34,700 medium combustion plants operating in the UK, the impacts of new EU rules limiting emissions of certain pollutants into the air from such plants are already being felt

Environmental Law

How should the Environment Bill improve air quality?

The forthcoming Environment Bill presents a vital opportunity to respond to growing public and medical concern about air pollution, a parliamentary group has been told. Gareth Simkins hears what the experts have to say

Air

Focus on: air pollution

Nearly 18 million NHS patients in England are registered at GP practices in locations exceeding the WHO’s annual air pollution limit for PM2.5, according to an analysis. Which areas fare the worst?

Land, Ecology & Development

What a planning appeal means for air quality rules near protected areas

Reversing a council’s refusal of permission to build ten homes in a horse paddock could have national implications for habitat protection, finds Gareth Simkins

Land, Ecology & Development EIA Benchmarking Monitor

How have changes to EIA rules affected environmental consultancies’ work?

The environmental impact assessment regime changed almost two years ago to include human health in a social context, competency checks and major disasters. James Agyepong-Parsons speaks to the experts about how it has affected their practice

Air

Why the Clean Air Strategy means more work for consultancies

Though frustrated by its vagueness, consultants think that the government’s overarching plan to cut air pollution should drum up more business. Gareth Simkins reports

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