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‘Blank cheque’: The proposed EA charging powers that have alarmed the waste industry ...

‘Blank cheque’: The proposed EA charging powers that have alarmed the waste industry

Provisions within the Environment Bill could extend the Environment Agency’s charging powers in relation to waste operations, with experts anticipating that they will primarily be used for... Read more

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Water quality

Water firm to expedite river clean-up following local pressure

A water company has pledged to find a solution this year that will prevent raw sewage being discharged into a river popular with swimmers, despite the Environment Agency saying it would take around a decade before anything could be done

Waste

NRW minded to allow expansion of problem waste site

Natural Resources Wales is expected to allow a waste site that was subject to a failed prosecution in November to increase in capacity

Environmental Law

Track compliance deadlines: download the latest horizon scanning guide

Click through to download the Horizon Scanning Guide, tracking upcoming deadlines across 12 key environmental, energy and health and safety sectors.

Regulation

SEPA targets ‘complex industrial sites’ in non-compliance crack-down

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency has launched a new ‘enforcement unit’ to tackle continued non-compliance at the worst performing industrial sites

Analysis

Environmental Law

Policy briefing: Get ready for the European Green Deal

Policy briefing: Get ready for the European Green Deal

The European Commission has promised a radical transformation of the EU economy with a wide-ranging decarbonisation plan. How will the proposals affect UK businesses?

Water

In-depth: EA insiders disclose river monitoring regime flaws

Environment Agency insiders have ripped into the regulator’s chemical spot sampling regime, calling it a ‘gross waste of money and misuse of data’. There are fears that proposals for a new programme could reduce the scope of river monitoring even further. Rachel Salvidge reports

Environmental Politics

10 key things that happened this week

PM launches COP26 after stinging attack from sacked president, EA 'sat on sewage sludge risks research', Johnson rules out green alignment in post-Brexit talks

Legal comment

Environmental Law

Legal comment: Why privatisation is no bar to public accountability

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

Environmental Law

Landfill tax: when is waste just a lot of fluff?

The first environmental law case decision of the new decade concerns a question that has been troubling the environmental sector for past five decades: when is something a waste?

Environmental Law

Why an application error did not invalidate an incinerator's permit

The Court of Appeal has ruled that an environmental permit based on an application containing an error is still lawful if the mistake was not material to the decision

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