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Scotland

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

Industrial emissions

Investigation into ‘unacceptable’ flaring at ExxonMobil works reaches final stages

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency has announced that its investigation into flaring at ExxonMobil’s ethylene works in Fife is nearing completion later than anticipated

Environmental Law

Radioactive dust leak prompts warning from SEPA

Testing a ventilation system at the decommissioned Dounreay nuclear site led to an unlawful escape of radiation, according to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Wales

Air

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

Air

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

Air

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

Water

Data check: Pollution incidents in Wales

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

Northern Ireland

Environmental Law

*UPDATED*: Environmental regulators' coronavirus response: What you need to know

The Environment Agency has reduced its regulatory site visits, SEPA has suspended its compliance assessment scheme and Natural England is no longer undertaking fieldwork. Here’s what you need to know about how the UK’s environmental regulators are handling their duties during the outbreak

Environmental Law

Coronavirus: EA slows work to cope with outbreak

'We will not be able to operate as normal' while the Covid-19 pandemic sweeps the nation, Environment Agency chief executive Sir James Bevan has told his colleagues

Waste

Household recycling rates fall

The UK’s household waste recycling rate for 2018 was 45%, down slightly on 2017, DEFRA announced today

Environmental Law

Coronavirus: Welsh regulator carrying out ‘dynamic risk assessments’ on inspections

Natural Resources Wales has said it is undertaking 'a dynamic risk assessment' where there are concerns about attending specific sites during the COVID-19 epidemic

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