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Why farmers and environmental groups are at odds over pollution rules

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... Read more

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UK 'systematically and persistently' broke EU air pollution law

The UK has 'systematically and persistently' broken air pollution law for over a decade, the EU's top court has ruled

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‘Fines need to hurt’: EA chair makes case for economic turnover penalties

Large polluting firms should be hit with bigger fines based on a percentage of their revenues, Environment Agency chair Emma Howard Boyd has said

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DEFRA promises summer launch for shadow green watchdog

A temporary green watchdog to assess government progress against environmental goals will be established in July and will set out the permanent Office for Environmental Protection’s strategy and enforcement policy, the government has announced


Price natural capital into planning decisions, says Treasury’s economics of biodiversity expert

Natural capital prices should be considered in planning permission decisions, household waste should be taxed and genetic modifications encouraged in farming, the author of the Treasury’s economic review of biodiversity has told MPs

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Emissions cheat scandal: Volkswagen faces fresh allegations over Porsche and Audi

Volkswagen is being investigated for a second time over alleged NOx emissions cheating, this time in its Porsche and Audi vehicles



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

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


Why the EA is under fire over hazardous waste in a Saxon pit

The chief secretary to the Treasury, a district council, a local town councillor and an activist are taking on the Environment Agency over a buried landfill. James Fair reports

Brexit Hub Policy

Does DEFRA have ‘the clout’ to lead on green policy?

The government has made big speeches about improving the environment, but is there a ‘gap between rhetoric and reality’? James Fair reports

Brexit Hub Regulation

Will slashing red tape damage green protections?

Now that the UK has fully left the EU, is the government seeking to roll back regulation in a bid to stimulate the economy? Yes. Will that inevitably undermine environmental protections? Not necessarily, reports Adam Branson


Pollution mysteries the regulators have yet to crack

Despite concerted effort, the culprits for some pollution incidents are never tracked down. Here are six pollution mysteries that remain unsolved by regulators

Environmental Politics

Just how green is DEFRA?

The department responsible for leading the way on the environment is not meeting its own green targets. Will its performance embarrass the government in the year it hosts the global climate summit? asks David Burrows

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