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Air

‘Stop people dying’: Will a coroner’s report spur government to act on air ...

‘Stop people dying’: Will a coroner’s report spur government to act on air

Nine-year old girl Ella Adoo Kissi-Debrah became the first person to have air pollution listed on their death certificate, leading to increased pressure on government to take action to improve air quality. But will anything change? Isabella Kaminski reports... Read more

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Waste

Abandoned waste sparks inferno despite 4 years of EA intervention

The Environment Agency had been working for four years to get abandoned waste removed from a site, which last Monday caught fire and turned into a huge blaze, it has confirmed

Biodiversity / conservation

Forestry Commission investigates after 70 oaks felled in AONB

The Forestry Commission has opened an investigation after an estimated 70 mature oak trees were felled in an area of outstanding natural beauty in Cranmore, on the Isle of Wight

Waste water & sewage

EXCLUSIVE: Locations of high PFAS concentrations in wastewater and rivers revealed

A handful of wastewater treatment works are discharging effluent containing high levels of toxic ‘forever chemicals’ into rivers in Scotland, ENDS can reveal

Water pollution

Council investigates development's lack of environmental mitigation

A Cumbrian council has confirmed that it is investigating after anglers raised the alarm that a fishing pond has suffered 'extensive siltation', apparently linked to a housing development on which construction works began prior to the submission of a plan to mitigate environmental impacts

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

Policy

Environment Bill briefing

Due to return in the next parliamentary session after its latest delay, it seems the Environment Bill will finally receive royal assent in the autumn. Since the bill was introduced, however, numerous amendments have been made and there remain a great many question marks surrounding key targets and the timetable for implementation, among other issues. Here's what you need to know

Regulation

Access denied: SEPA's battle to restore operations in the aftermath of a crippling cyber-attack

It could take the Scottish Environment Protection Agency two years to fully recover from a cyber-attack that locked it out of most of its data and systems, according to the regulator. While a backlog of permit applications is building up, SEPA's boss says key activities are still being carried out

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Litigation

Why the Environment Agency is no longer a nuisance

Why the Environment Agency is no longer a nuisance

Angus Evers: Can regulators such as the Environment Agency (EA) cause a nuisance when they exercise their statutory powers? The answer it seems depends on the circumstances.

Environmental Law

Corporate duty of care can transcend borders

Firms have long been held responsible in the eyes of the public, if not the law, for the activities of their subsidiaries abroad, but recent cases show the courts are catching up

Regulation

Public bodies need to be reliable regulators

When exercising statutory powers and making decisions, public bodies are bound to act fairly, reasonably and lawfully, and in accordance with publicised criteria and thresholds

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