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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

Products & Chemicals

HSE investigating two explosions at ethylene works

The Mossmorran ethylene plant in Fife is under investigation for two explosions, the Health and Safety Executive has confirmed


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



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


Data check: Pollution incidents in Wales

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


Why a council plans to bulldoze homes to hit air quality targets

A Welsh council’s decision to buy and demolish a row of 20 homes in a bid to meet its clean-air obligations sounds like satire, but the move has the backing of the Welsh government and at least some of the local community. Jim Dunton asks whether other areas could follow Caerphilly’s lead

Northern Ireland

Land, Ecology & Development

Villiers’ speech: 10 things you need to know

Theresa Villiers made her first big speech of the new parliament yesterday signalling that major environmental legislation would be arriving soon. Here’s what you need to know

14 environmental policy and compliance deadlines to look out for in December

Important deadlines relating to chemicals labelling, invasive alien species, environmental impact assessment, energy, marine conservation, climate change, waste management, water abstraction, and river basin management plans are coming up in December


Environment agency finds high levels of antibiotics in sewage effluent

High concentrations of antibiotics that could pose a significant risk to the aquatic environment have been detected in several wastewater treatment works in Northern Ireland, according to the environment agency

Land, Ecology & Development

Environment agency backs down over mine discharge permit dispute

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has lost its battle in the High Court after it allowed a gold mining company to discharge heavy metals into a protected site without carrying out a proper assessment

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