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Scotland

Air

Clean air zones: Could political tensions see some plans stuck in the slow lane?

The latter half of 2021 saw cities across the country implement their clean air plans. However, with the first quarter of 2022 behind us, it has become clear that progress has not always been smooth, with political tensions coming to the surface. Pippa Neill reports

Regulation

Villages covered in ash cloud to get £100k for environmental projects

Villages which were affected by ash clouds from a power station in Scotland are set to receive a £100,000 'goodwill gesture' funding boost for environmental projects

Environmental Law

Trump's golf course made ‘gross’ abstraction breaches in 2019, SEPA data reveals

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has published 2019 compliance data for the operations it regulates, having reconstructed it after a disastrous cyber-attack a year ago

Regulation

What is Terry A’Hearn’s SEPA legacy?

Former SEPA chief Terry A’Hearn speaks to ENDS about his time at the helm of the regulator, following his shock resignation last month. What did he achieve and where did he fail? asks Catherine Early

Wales

Air

Welsh street demolished to meet air quality targets

Twenty-three properties in a Welsh village have been demolished in order to help the UK meet its obligations under the EU’s 2008 directive on ambient air quality

Air

Industrial pollution: 8 things you need to know about potential changes to BAT

Eight months after a consultation opened on a new regime to determine best available techniques to control industrial pollution, a response from the government is still awaited. Here’s what to expect

Transport emissions

Wales mulls toll roads in bid to reduce air pollution

The Welsh government has raised the prospect of charging motorists for the use of two of Wales' busiest stretches of road in a bid to tackle air pollution

Brexit Hub Legislation

Mind the governance gap: Will environmental crimes go unpunished?

England's green watchdog's powers are curtailed by the Environment Bill and Wales is a long way from establishing any body to cover the governance gap left created by Brexit. Will this lead to an overall weakening of environmental protections? asks James Fair

Northern Ireland

Regulation

OEP lambasts DEFRA for ‘frequent failure’ to meet environmental targets

An urgent environmental 'stocktake' and an injection of clear accountability for meeting targets is required to bring the UK’s natural world back from dangerous tipping points, the Office for Environmental Protection has said in its first major report

Biodiversity / conservation

‘Terrifying’: 60% drop in number of insects ‘splatting’ UK cars since 2004

A sharp decline in the flying insect ‘splat-rate’ recorded on UK vehicles since 2004 has been recorded in a new survey, which conservationists have described as 'terrifying'

Environmental Law

OEP chief and executive team confirmed

The green watchdog has confirmed the appointment of its chief executive, completing the recruitment of its executive team

Environmental Politics

Eustice reveals OEP’s budget for next five years

The Office for Environmental Protection is due to receive more than £7 million per annum up to 2027, the environment secretary has confirmed

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