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Why farmers and environmental groups are at odds over pollution rules

Why farmers and environmental groups are at odds over pollution rules

Despite many breaches, there have been no fines or prosecutions under new farming water pollution rules during the two years they have been in force. Has the government told the Environment Agency to take a light-touch approach? Wil Crisp reports... Read more

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DEFRA faces legal action over river pollution

The environment department is facing fresh court action over its failure to prevent agricultural pollution in England’s rivers despite a court order demanding the government take action, it has been announced today

Products & Chemicals

‘Fat finger error’ in Brexit chemicals legislation ‘adds to confusion’

A typo in the transposition of the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive into UK law has changed the existing maximum permitted concentration value of Cadmium from 0.01% to 0.1%

Environmental Politics

BUDGET 2021: the winners and losers

The chancellor gave a boost to infrastructure and green finance yesterday but critics say Rishi Sunak missed an opportunity to turbocharge a green industrial revolution. ENDS takes a look at some of the winners and losers from yesterday’s Budget


UK 'systematically and persistently' broke EU air pollution law

The UK has 'systematically and persistently' broken air pollution law for over a decade, the EU's top court has ruled


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


How the Environment Bill could transform waste compliance

Measures set out in the Environment Bill, particularly around mandatory electronic tracking and producer responsibility, could have major implications for waste compliance. Conor McGlone reports


Interview: Dark Waters hero Robert Bilott on the poisoning of a nation and his 20-year battle with a chemicals giant

US attorney Robert Bilott has worked for two decades to get justice for those harmed by ‘forever chemical’ PFOA, with his efforts leading to multi-million dollar legal payouts, a Hollywood movie and the shocking revelation that every American has the substance in their blood. But the battle is far from over, and now it’s global

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Public bodies need to be reliable regulators

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

Planning & land use

Are indirect emissions a step too far for EIA?

A recent High Court ruling has held that a requirement introduced by Directive 2014/52/EU for environmental impact assessments to assess climate impacts, including the nature and magnitude of greenhouse gas emissions, does not extend to indirect emissions from an oil extraction project


Is Brexit an opportunity to redefine waste?

Another ‘is it waste?’ judgment from the European Court of Justice demonstrates the ongoing challenges for operators and regulators in interpreting EU waste law, and again highlights the inherent tension between protecting the environment and allowing materials back into the ‘circular economy'

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