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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


‘Dealing with the harder issues’: Scotland consults on second clean air strategy

Scotland will continue to implement EU environmental regulations, prohibit the sale of coal and wet wood for home heating and apply London-style controls on emissions from construction machinery, according to a consultation


MAPPED: The UK areas that breached air pollution limits in 2019

New official figures show that three-quarters of the UK’s air quality reporting zones charted illegal levels of air pollution in 2019, according to an analysis by activist lawyers ClientEarth



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


Power station environmental permits reviewed to reduce emissions

Natural Resources Wales has completed a review of the environmental permits for five large-scale power stations in a bid to drive down their emissions

Northern Ireland

Environmental Law

New green watchdog’s complaint system opens for business

Allegations that public bodies have failed to uphold environmental law can now be registered ahead of the formal establishment of the Office for Environmental Protection

Land, Ecology & Development

Natura 2000 sites merged to form national site network

The government has decided to merge formerly EU-protected sites into a new ‘national site network’, which will be overseen by the government and Welsh ministers

Environmental Politics

‘A smile and a big stick’: OEP chair candidate promises to lead without fear or favour

Dame Glenys Stacey, expected to head the Office for Environmental Protection, has told MPs that she would regulate with a smile – but with a ‘big stick in the cupboard’

Environmental Law

MPs seek to extend scope of Environment Bill principles

Public authorities such as local councils or government agencies would have to act in accordance with the environmental principles set out in the Environment Bill, according to one of the latest amendments put forward by opposition MPs

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