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Why numerous checks were not enough to prevent a £327,000 duty of care ...

Why numerous checks were not enough to prevent a £327,000 duty of care

A company took multiple steps to comply with the duty of care but its failure to check the detailed conditions of an exemption allowing wood to be stored on a waste site in Cambridgeshire proved... Read more

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Civil sanctions

Environment Agency makes £3.7m civil sanctions haul

The Environment Agency (EA) has agreed a record number and amount of charitable payments for environmental offences, according to its latest half-yearly update on its use of civil sanction powers

Agriculture & forestry

Gove’s communications with hardline Brexiters remain off limits, watchdog rules

Environment secretary Michael Gove’s communications with the European Research Group, a backbench ‘hard’ Brexit lobby group led by Jacob Rees-Mogg, do not need to be disclosed, the Information Commissioner’s Office has ruled

Environmental Law

EXCLUSIVE: Natural England offers up to 50 redundancies

Natural England is offering voluntary redundancies for up to 50 staff members as it reorganises itself in a bid to be chosen to deliver key aspects of the 25-Year Environment Plan

Environmental Law

DEFRA names new permanent secretary

Tamara Finkelstein will take up the role of DEFRA permanent secretary on a permanent basis, replacing Clare Moriarty who left to join the Department for Exiting the European Union in March, it has been announced

Climate change

EU calls for ‘substantially more ambitious’ UK climate policies for 2030

The UK’s existing set of climate action policies are not ambitious or comprehensive enough to meet its obligations under EU law, the European Commission has warned

Analysis

Environmental Law

How the wrong environmental assessment led to a water firm ending up in court

How the wrong environmental assessment led to a water firm ending up in court

A water firm had its permission to use an outfall pipe quashed after a court determined that it did not properly consider the potential environmental impacts of its discharge on a protected river. Adam Branson reports

Environmental Politics

Net-zero by 2050: 15 things you need to know

Theresa May has committed to slashing the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050 after the Committee on Climate Change's report deemed it “necessary, feasible and cost-effective”. Here are 15 things you need to know about the committee's recommendations

Environmental Politics

Environment Bill: 8 things you need to know about how it is shaping up

Six months after the first part of the draft Environment Bill was published, Environment Agency board minutes have revealed new details about how the legislation is taking shape

Chemical risks and hazards

Why two thirds of REACH registrations could be breaking the rules

The failure of chemical producers and importers to provide vital chemical safety data is undermining REACH’s ‘no data, no market’ principle, finds Gareth Simkins

Land, Ecology & Development

Interview: What Tony Juniper thinks about budget cuts, bird culling and bringing back the missing lynx

Tony Juniper talks to ENDS about nature recovery, net gain, budget cuts and rewilding in his first press interview since becoming chair of Natural England

Land, Ecology & Development

Capacity crunch: do councils have the expertise to deliver their biodiversity goals?

Only one in four local authorities in England have access to in-house ecological expertise, leaving a question mark over their capability to deliver the government’s biodiversity net gain policy

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