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SEPA queries Grangemouth emissions data

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency says that pollutant emissions data from Ineos’ Grangemouth petrochemicals complex since 2016 has not passed muster

Environmental Law

Mossmorran: ExxonMobil could face prosecution over ‘unacceptable flaring’

ExxonMobil is facing the prospect of legal action over unauthorised flaring last year at its Mossmorran ethylene complex near Fife, after the Scottish Environment Protection Agency announced it would ask Scotland’s legal authorities to consider prosecution

Environmental Law

Trump’s golf course breached abstraction limit, says SEPA

Donald Trump’s Turnberry golf course in Ayrshire, Gordonstoun private school, three distilleries and INEOS’ Grangemouth oil terminal have all been slammed for poor environmental performance

Industrial emissions

SEPA ‘minded to approve’ pollution derogations for Grangemouth refinery

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency has said it is prepared to approve a series of derogations for Ineos’ oil refinery in Grangemouth on the basis that the costs of installing the best available techniques for air and water emissions outweigh the benefits



DEFRA clarifies guidance for refurbished medium combustion plants

DEFRA has made an amendment to when a medium combustion plant (MCP) should be considered to be new, rather than existing


Welsh government plans new Clean Air Act

A 12-week consultation opened today on a new Clean Air Plan for Wales, intended to act as a 'stepping stone' to new primary legislation on air quality, according to the Welsh government


Map: The UK areas with illegally high air pollution

Latest air pollution data shows that more than 80% of UK reporting zones have illegal levels of pollution. Click through to view an interactive map showing by how much each zone is breaching EU legal limits


Data check: Pollution incidents in Wales

Pollution incidents in Wales are increasing, according to Natural Resources Wales

Northern Ireland

Water quality

‘Woeful’: UK bathing waters among the worst in Europe

The UK has been ranked 25th out of 30 European countries for its bathing water quality, following an annual survey by the European Environment Agency

Land, Ecology & Development

Offshore wind: The North Sea's increasingly crowded waters

MAP: One offshore wind farm has this week been refused permission and decisions on three more are delayed as congested seas throw up planning obstacles. Click through to view an interactive map containing the latest planning status of projects off the coast of England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Water pollution

20 pollution incidents caused by lockdown DIY, says agency

A recent spate of river pollution incidents has been the result of people undertaking DIY and gardening during the Covid-19 lockdown, according to the Northern Ireland Environment Agency investigations team

Water pollution

EA seeks to prevent groundwater pollution from spike in burials during Covid-19 pandemic

New Environment Agency guidance has waived the requirement for cemetery operators and councils to apply for an environmental permit to expand or develop new graveyards during the Covid-19 pandemic, while cautioning that a rise in burials could pose a risk to groundwater

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