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Biodiversity / conservation

Will Natural England’s new wildlife licensing scheme work with other animals?

Will Natural England’s new wildlife licensing  scheme work with other animals?

Natural England plans to roll out its district licensing scheme for great crested newts to other species such as bats, but not everyone believes it can it work. James Fair reports

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Regulation

EA: Coronavirus ‘no excuse’ to operate illegally

The Environment Agency has said it is continuing to enforce green rules while following the government’s guidance on social distancing by employing 'remote ways of working' during lockdown

Packaging waste

EA surpasses own target for waste packaging checks

The Environment Agency says that it exceeded its own target for the monitoring of packaging firms and compliance schemes working in the packaging recovery note system during 2019

Water pollution

Formaldehyde use in Scottish fish farms raises pollution concerns

Locals and environmental campaigners have expressed concern over the use of formaldehyde by fish farms in Scotland, with official data showing the pesticide was used in 10 lochs over nine months in 2019

Water pollution

30,000-gallon slurry spill causes ‘devastating’ fish kill

Thousands of fish were killed and a four and a half-mile stretch of river, prized for its rich biodiversity, was “wiped out’ after a pollution incident involving thousands of gallons of slurry last week in Northern Ireland

Analysis

Is it getting harder to access environmental information?

Is it getting harder to access environmental information?

Despite a growing number of organisations being told they must disclose environmental information, it appears to be getting harder to elicit, finds Isabella Kaminski

Regulation

Policy briefing: How the EA is providing flexibility during the coronaviris crisis

In response to Covid-19 restrictions the Environment Agency has issued a series of regulatory position statements giving operators a degree of flexibility with compliance

Environmental Law

The 52 green rules rolled back under Covid-19

Dozens of green rules have been relaxed during the Covid-19 pandemic, with operators given additional leeway on their usual environmental obligations. But how much flexibility do the temporary changes really give businesses?

Legal comment

Enforcement

Don’t try to blame SSSI convictions on your lawyer

Don’t try to blame SSSI convictions on your lawyer

An individual found guilty of criminal action under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 for removing trees at a protected site also failed to claim against his solicitors in a subsequent civil action

Environmental Law

Heathrow ruling raises climate bar for infrastructure projects

The Court of Appeal’s recent, unanimous, ruling that the government’s decision to expand Heathrow airport was unlawful has wide implications for all decision-makers across both the public and private sectors

Environmental Law

Legal comment: Why privatisation is no bar to public accountability

Two recent decisions by the information commissioner suggest that when it comes to requests under the Environmental Information Regulations, many private companies performing public services may also fall under disclosure obligations

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