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Environmental assessment

EIA reform: What’s in store for the developers' ‘bogeyman’?

EIA reform: What’s in store for the developers' ‘bogeyman’?

The government’s plan to ‘build, build, build’ its way to economic recovery could have significant repercussions for the environment. Conor McGlone asks what kind of changes might be made to the EIA regime, which was already considered too cumbersome by many prior to the Covid-19 pandemic... Read more

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Environmental Politics

Green lawyers threaten action over Covid-19 bailouts

The climate emergency 'cannot be put on hold and it cannot be overridden' while the government responds to the Covid-19 crisis, says environmental law group Plan B

Planning & land use

Eustice: EIA is ‘clunky, cumbersome and involves a lot of consultants’

Work is underway to reform the environmental impact assessment system to make it more effective with ‘less process’, the environment secretary George Eustice has said, describing the regime as a cumbersome, time-consuming, tick-box exercise

Land, Ecology & Development

DEFRA extends an AONB for the first time in 30 years

The government has today confirmed that the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty will be expanded by around 38 square kilometres

Water

Pollution tracker: 5 of the worst pollution incidents reported in June

Updated monthly: ENDS’ new pollution tracker logs some of the worst pollution incidents taking place across the UK each month, along with any action that is being undertaken to remedy the damage. The latest update includes details of a river that was turned putrid green, and an unresolved 10-month sewage spill

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

Green sector, white workforce: How the UK's regulators plan to become more diverse

Green professions are among the least diverse in the UK. Adam Branson asks the UK environmental regulators what efforts are being made to ensure their workforces resemble society

Waste

Why packaging fraudsters are importing plastic waste from the Netherlands

The Environment Agency confirmed last week it was investigating PRN ‘carousel’ fraud amid renewed calls for action from the industry. Conor McGlone investigates how fraudsters are manipulating the system and what can be done about it

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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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