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Contaminated land

England and Wales’ toxic landfills: 8 things you need to know

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... Read more

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Fines Monitor Regulation

EA heads blame budget cuts for decline in enforcement and monitoring

Budget cuts have led to a drop in Environment Agency enforcement activity and monitoring, and that 'our ability to see what’s happening in the environment is starting to decline', the regulator’s chair Sir James Bevan has told a committee of MPs

Land, Ecology & Development

Dorset authority plans conversion of farmland to heathland as part of air quality strategy

A Dorset local authority has adopted an air quality management strategy which includes plans to change the management of agricultural land around protected heathlands to ‘non-agricultural or low nitrate use’

Prosecutions

NatureScot appoints new wildlife crime investigator

NatureScot has appointed a new specialist police officer to help investigate wildlife crime across Scotland

Agriculture & forestry

DEFRA mulls U-turn over outcome-based green subsidies for landowners

The majority of farmers taking part in pilot projects to trial the Environmental Land Management scheme are supportive of the use of land management plans, however there remains uncertainty whether payments should be results-based, according to a DEFRA report

Planning & land use

Whitehaven mine approval was ‘a decision for local democracy’

The government’s chief planner has defended the government’s decision not to call in the first new deep coal mine for generations

Analysis

Land, Ecology & Development

Why Natural England’s net gain calculator may struggle to accurately value nature

Why Natural England’s net gain calculator may struggle to accurately value nature

The flaws in the biodiversity net gain calculator have all been corrected, says Natural England, but will its official launch later this year satisfy everyone? James Agyepong-Parsons reports

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

Environmental Politics

Emergency neonic authorisation: 15 things you need to know

DEFRA has granted an emergency authorisation for an insecticide to combat a sugar beet disease spread by aphids. Here's what you need to know

Environmental Politics

Policy radar: The changes to prepare for in 2021

After a Covid-induced malaise, the next 12 months is set to be a bumper period for strategies and consultations on the swathe of policies needed to address Brexit, climate change, air pollution and biodiversity in the UK

Fines Monitor Prosecutions

The largest environmental fines handed down in 2020

Flybe, British Ceramic Tile, Bellway Homes and Severn Trent Water were among the firms handed the heftiest fines for environmental offences in 2020

Regulation

INTERVIEW: The landowner at the centre of river Lugg controversy

Herefordshire landowner and potato grower John Price talks to ENDS about being accused of wilfully destroying a stretch of the protected river Lugg and experiencing a multi-agency ‘dawn raid’

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