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Environmental divergence: What could change after Brexit?

Environmental divergence: What could change after Brexit?

There are growing signs that the UK government is seeking to diverge from EU green rules after Brexit, with particular pressure to water down nature protections. But how feasible would such changes... Read more

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Environmental Law

Landowner pays £27,000 for chemical dumping that killed fish

A retired plant nursery owner has received a small fine for allowing waste pesticides to enter a watercourse, though has been forced to pay £25,000 in costs to the Environment Agency

Environmental Politics

DEFRA’s new ministerial team: 9 things you need to know

It has been all change at DEFRA since Boris Johnson became prime minister in July. Here’s what you need to know about the department’s new ministerial team

Fines Monitor Water

‘Negligent’ Anglian Water to pay £157,000 for sewage spill

Anglian Water has been fined £146,000 for polluting a Northamptonshire stream with sewage two years ago

Waste

Abandoned toxic medical waste remains at site nine months after firm goes bust

Contaminated medical waste is still present in a building in North Tyneside, nine months after Healthcare Environmental Services (HES) went bust, the Environment Agency (EA) has confirmed

Policy

Environment minister Pow to take on waste, climate, nature briefs

Newly appointed junior environment minister Rebecca Pow will take on responsibility for climate adaptation, nature, water and waste, according to DEFRA

Analysis

Land, Ecology & Development

‘The mother of all false economies’: Why the spending review spells trouble for Natural England

‘The mother of all false economies’: Why the spending review spells trouble for Natural England

The Treasury has handed DEFRA an extra £432m in its latest spending review but experts fear that very little will find its way to Natural England, which is bad news for domestic wildlife, developers and environmental consultants, finds Rachel Salvidge

Waste

End-of-waste review: Why waste recyclers could be in for significant cost increases

Firms who turn waste into new products could be in line for significant extra costs as a result of the Environment Agency’s review of end-of-waste criteria. Conor McGlone investigates

Land, Ecology & Development

Net gain: What does a statutory biodiversity credit system mean for developers?

All new development in England will soon be required to offset any natural habitat that is damaged or destroyed, and if it cannot deliver this onsite or locally, developers will need to pay into a government-run system. James Agyepong-Parsons speaks to the experts about how this will work in practice

EIA Benchmarking Monitor Land, Ecology & Development

Has a farmer breached EIA rules by removing dry stone walls?

A farmer, accused of “industrial-scale environmental destruction” after clearing six miles of dry stone wall to create a ‘prairie’, is under investigation for a suspected breach of environmental impact assessment regulations. James Fair examines their value

Air

Why SEPA acted against a chemical plant’s flaring

Closely-linked chemical plants operated by Shell and ExxonMobil in Fife have been ordered to make upgrades to cut the frequency of flaring. Gareth Simkins looks into why the Scottish Environment Protection Agency took action

Land, Ecology & Development

How are councils addressing the south coast nitrates crisis?

Planning permission for new houses in South Hampshire has all but ground to a halt following Natural England advice on the damaging impact of extra nitrates on protected sites. But councils are now proposing solutions. Simon Pickstone investigates

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