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Products & Chemicals

Fact checker: Has the UK led EU chemical regulation?

The UK has tried to ban some chemicals faster than other EU members want, the...

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Waste

Environment Agency doubles list of convictions to be declared in permit applications

The Environment Agency (EA) has extended the list of convictions that must be declared when a person applies for an environmental permit for waste activities or installations

Environmental Law

Scottish ministers can ban fracking, says QC’s legal opinion

Scottish ministers can pass a law to ban fracking, according to legal advice commissioned by Friends of the Earth Scotland

Waste

No-deal Brexit: DEFRA urges waste firms to review export contingency plans

Waste firms should review their export contingency plans in case of disruption at ports should the UK crash out of the EU without a deal, the government has warned

Environmental Law

Ineos hits out over 'crazy' compliance costs

Major chemicals firm Ineos has asked the government if it can avoid the costs of meeting environmental requirements at its Seal Sands acrylonitrile plant

Environmental Law

£500,000 fine for raw sewage pollution in protected park

Severn Trent Water has been fined £500,000 for polluting a park with thousands of gallons of raw sewage, in what Natural England says was one of the worst cases of damage to a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) it has witnessed

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Environmental Law Brexit Hub

Could a new EU rule stifle the precautionary principle?

Could a new EU rule stifle the precautionary principle?

A requirement to examine the impact of policymaking on innovation is set to enter EU law for the first time. Simon Pickstone examines whether it threatens environmental principles - and what it means for Brexit Britain

Environmental Law

Springwatch to crimewatch: How Chris Packham plans to take on the nature regulators

Packham and co have set up Wild Justice to keep DEFRA, Natural England and the rest of the UK nature regulators’ feet to fire. James Fair reports

Waste

How Brexit could lead to a rise in ‘waste tourism’

Brexit is opening up the doors to the prospect of divergence in environmental standards across the UK, finds Conor McGlone, setting the scene set for an increase in ‘waste tourism’

Environmental Politics

10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week: Spring statement: six things you need to know; India bans plastic waste imports; UK set to miss biodiversity goals; Go-ahead for mandatory biodiversity net gain plan and more

Energy

International Women’s Day: Women in the environment sector

To mark International Women’s Day, ENDS has put together a selection of women in the environment sector, each of whom are blazing a trail at the top of their fields.

Brexit Hub Access to justice

Post-Brexit governance: Why the devolved administrations are reluctant to collaborate with Westminster

As EU exit day looms, the devolved administrations have been slow to prepare their post-Brexit plans for the environment. Simon Pickstone asks what’s causing the delay

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