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Environmental Law

Delay to details of OEP environmental review power

The Royal Courts of Justice

A decision on the new Office for Environmental Protection’s new power to sanction public authorities has been delayed to give government more time to consider the details

Latest news

Oil

EA consults on Yorkshire oil and gas production plans

The operator of a controversial exploratory oil and gas drill site in Yorkshire has applied to the Environment Agency for permission to expand its operations and begin commercial production

Waste

Fly-tipping enforcement plummets during pandemic

An analysis of waste crime data compiled by the Environment Agency demonstrates how easily criminals are getting away with illegal dumping – especially since Covid-19 emerged

Regulation

Environment Agency calls for regulation to address water quality crisis

The government needs to lead on a solution to the UK’s water management crisis, the Environment Agency says in its annual report

Land, Ecology & Development

Natural England failing to engage with councils on biodiversity net gain

Natural England has struggled to meet its target to engage with councils on biodiversity net gain due to the pandemic, but has overperformed on newt conservation, according to its latest annual report

Analysis

Land, Ecology & Development

How Natural England’s ‘water neutrality’ advice is blocking development

Housing development seen from above

Guidance advising councils to ensure new developments are 'water neutral' for the conservation of nearby protected sites has forced councils to pause planning permission and put developers in a spin. Is this the beginning of a 'new moratorium on housebuilding'? Tess Colley reports

Legislation

Waste and the Environment Act: 9 things you need to know

After a long and tortuous journey through parliament, the government’s ‘world-leading’ Environment Bill has finally passed into law. There are a number of implications for the waste, resources and chemicals sectors. Here is everything you need to know

Environmental Law

Will rejecting stronger OEP independence ‘come to haunt’ MPs?

The new green watchdog will be required to heed guidance from the government, but will this hinder its ability to take robust action? Tess Colley reports

Legal comment

Environmental Law

Why a 'green restart' transport plan may face further tests

Ned Westaway, barrister, Francis Taylor Building

Ned Westaway: A London council’s emergency transport plan, introduced to bring about a greener recovery for its streets after covid, can be put in place without an assessment of its wider air quality impacts, the High Court has ruled, but making it permanent is likely to require more scrutiny

Environmental Law

What the Walleys Quarry ruling tells us about the growing role of science in environmental law

A ruling that set a landfill gas emissions limit for the Environment Agency to enforce to protect the health of a vulnerable child shows the approach courts are taking in the face of scientific uncertainty, particularly where there is a lack of consensus on safe chemical limits

Environmental Law

How a failure to disclose breaches took the shine off a waste company deal

Angus Evers: A recent High Court ruling shows the impact that poor environmental compliance can have on a company’s value and the importance of full and frank disclosure in business dealings

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