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Why DEFRA 'lacks the clout’ to deliver its environment plan

Why DEFRA 'lacks the clout’ to deliver its environment plan

Two recent Public Accounts Committee inquiries have questioned DEFRA’s ability to lead other departments, and even its own agencies, to achieve its aims for the environment. Catherine Early reports

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EA investigates ‘stinky’ landfill site following big spike in complaints

Residents living near a landfill site are becoming increasingly desperate for respite from the smells emanating from the dump, with the Environment Agency receiving more than one thousand complaints in a single week

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DEFRA rules changes: 6 fears raised by coalition

DEFRA’s Brexit-related statutory instruments have created ‘significant governance gaps in the application, interpretation and enforcement of environmental law’, a new analysis has found. Here’s what you need to know


Community prepares fly swarm evidence against water firm

A community is gathering evidence to support its bid for an abatement notice to be served against Southern Water over fly infestations


Majority of airborne microplastics come from roads, finds research

A study has found that 8% of airborne microplastics came from the effects of road traffic, with researchers warning that plastics in the atmosphere now 'spiral around the globe'

Climate change

Campaigners mull legal action after councillors overturn planning committee vote to approve Southampton Airport runway extension

Campaigners have said they are taking legal advice after full council members resolved to approve plans for an extension to Southampton International Airport’s runway, overturning a separate planning committee vote against the application on climate change grounds.


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Why firms fall foul of permitting rules

Why firms fall foul of permitting rules

Thousands of environmental permits are breached every year with hundreds of serious pollution incidents damaging the environment. Catherine Early looks at the regulations most frequently broken


The Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy: 15 things you need to know

The government has set out how it plans to bring down industrial greenhouse gas emissions to a tenth of current levels by 2050. Here’s what you need to know


Clean air plans: 12 things you need to know

The first of England’s clean air zones is now in force and many more such schemes are rolling out. Here’s what you need to know


‘Deficient and damning’: What does the EU air pollution ruling mean for the UK?

A ruling by the Court of Justice of the EU that the UK had broken air pollution law for a decade has been embarrassing for the government, but will it have any impact on the nation’s air quality? Isabella Kaminski reports

Fines Monitor Regulation

Why farmers and environmental groups are at odds over pollution rules

Despite many breaches, there have been no fines or prosecutions under new farming water pollution rules during the two years they have been in force. Has the government told the Environment Agency to take a light-touch approach? Wil Crisp reports


Interview: Dark Waters hero Robert Bilott on the poisoning of a nation and his 20-year battle with a chemicals giant

US attorney Robert Bilott has worked for two decades to get justice for those harmed by ‘forever chemical’ PFOA, with his efforts leading to multi-million dollar legal payouts, a Hollywood movie and the shocking revelation that every American has the substance in their blood. But the battle is far from over, and now it’s global

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