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DEFRA consults on emission ceiling compliance

DEFRA is consulting on the degree to which its new air pollution policies will meet its obligations to cut emissions of five major air pollutants

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


Clean Air Strategy: DEFRA commits to new controls on air pollution

DEFRA is to introduce new legislation to tackle the environmental and health burdens of air pollution from agriculture, transport, industry and the home later this year, it has announced


Clean Air Strategy: 10 things you need to know

The government has published its strategy to combat air pollution. Here are 10 things you need to know about the plans contained within the document


Products & Chemicals

Environment Agency to manage post-Brexit F-gas system

The devolved administrations have agreed to let England’s Environment Agency continue to regulate the use and sale of fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases) across the UK after Brexit


No ETS penalties issued in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has not imposed a single penalty under the EU’s emissions trading system (ETS), it has told ENDS


Welsh regulator to hike charges

Natural Resources Wales is consulting on plans to increase a wide range of its fees and charges from 1 April next year and has warned of more fundamental change in the future


Consultation opens on Welsh motorway air quality plan

The Welsh government has opened consultation on its final package of measures intended to bring air around motorways and trunk roads into compliance with air quality limits

Northern Ireland

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Environment Bill set to cover Northern Ireland

The permanent secretary of Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has revealed that officials are working on amending the draft Environment (Principles and Governance) Bill to extend it to cover the region.

Brexit Hub Access to justice

Post-Brexit governance: Why the devolved administrations are reluctant to collaborate with Westminster

As EU exit day looms, the devolved administrations have been slow to prepare their post-Brexit plans for the environment. Simon Pickstone asks what’s causing the delay

Environmental Law

10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week: High Court quashes fracking policy, Regulators raise concerns over Environment Bill exemptions, Woodland Trust asked to sign gagging order over rail plans, Plans to reopen coal mine rejected and more


Waste criminal to pay £40,000 confiscation order

The operator of an illegal waste transfer station near Carrickfergus has been ordered to pay back the profits he made from his crimes

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