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Scotland

Air

ExxonMobil begins Mossmorran £140m flaring upgrade

Extensive work has begun to install new equipment to abate flaring and vibration from ExxonMobil’s Fife Ethylene Plant, following action taken by SEPA

Industrial emissions

Government plans new best available techniques rules

The government intends to largely replicate the EU’s approach to setting rules for industrial emissions control but there are signs of more radical changes being on the horizon

Brexit Hub Regulation

Green watchdog set-up remains ‘troubling’, say lawyers

Legal experts have voiced fears over the independence of the Office for Environmental Protection and its ability to hold public bodies to account for failing to adhere to environmental rules, highlighting a range of concerns about the way the body will be underpinned by law

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Will divergence in the UK have a ‘chilling effect’ on environmental standards?

The Internal Market Bill could undermine devolution and pave the way for a ‘race to the bottom’ on green standards, fear experts. David Burrows reports

Wales

Environmental Politics

Welsh government report moots shift away from GDP-based economics

A report which will be used to inform Welsh Government policy has mooted a shift away from a GDP-based economic model and a 'change in social preferences to embrace sharing, reusing and repairing goods or adopting healthier diets with lower greenhouse gas emissions'

Air

EXCLUSIVE: Local industrial enforcement plummets

Industries regulated by English and Welsh local authorities are facing fewer than ever prosecutions, inspections and enforcement notices, according to previously undisclosed data

Contaminated land

England and Wales’ toxic landfills: 8 things you need to know

Last week, ENDS uncovered and mapped the locations of hundreds of toxic landfill sites buried beneath farmland, parks, housing and schools across England and Wales. Experts say the problem is ‘waiting to creep up on us and bite us in a very big way’. Here’s what you need to know

Contaminated land

EXCLUSIVE: Locations of hundreds of buried toxic landfills revealed

The sites of hundreds of old buried landfills containing hazardous waste have been uncovered in an investigation by the ENDS Report, which also reveals the locations of hundreds more dumps whose contents remain unknown even to the Environment Agency

Northern Ireland

Brexit Hub Brexit

Details emerge of first complaints of post-Brexit environmental law breaches

More than a dozen complaints about suspected failures by public authorities to comply with environmental law have been received by the body set up to uphold standards in advance of the arrival of the post-Brexit green watchdog, with 17 public bodies named by complainants, it has been revealed

Environmental Law

‘Nimble’ green watchdog will take speedier enforcement action than EU, says chair

EXCLUSIVE: The chair of the nascent Office for Environmental Protection expects that enforcement action taken by the post-Brexit green watchdog will be ‘demonstrably more responsive and nimble’ than is seen under the EU’s infringements process

Products & Chemicals

UK REACH ‘will cost industry £1bn’

Industry leaders have slammed the government’s reformatting of EU controls on chemicals as ‘perversely’ costly, contradictory to the ‘levelling up’ agenda and leading to pointless animal testing, according to reports

Energy

Second industrial decarbonisation grant competition to open

Businesses will be able to apply for the second slice of the government’s Industrial Energy Transformation Fund, worth £40m, from 8 March

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