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How will DEFRA’s new environmental land management scheme work?

How will DEFRA’s new environmental land management scheme work?

A radical new environmental land management scheme has been sketched out in the Agriculture Bill but details surrounding how it would work in practice are thin on the ground. Isabella Kaminski... Read more

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Environmental Law

Judge orders DEFRA to explain badger cull veto in court

DEFRA’s last-minute intervention to pull the plug on a badger cull, against the advice of its own scientific advisers, will be probed in the High Court

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Northern Irish minister ‘open’ to independent EPA

Northern Ireland’s environment minister has given a cautious welcome to ambitions to set up an independent agency to oversee binding environmental targets

Products & Chemicals

ECHA names four new substances of very high concern

The European Chemicals Agency has added four chemicals to its list of substances of very high concern and has also proposed restrictions on 4,000 chemicals used in tattoo inks

Environmental Law

Third conviction and disqualification for Newhaven waste siblings

A brother and sister who stockpiled a huge quantity of waste at their premises in East Sussex have been disqualified from being company directors for three years and ordered to pay £33,000


‘Wholly ill trained’ waste operators’ failings led to months-long fire

A couple whose repeated failure to abide by Environment Agency instructions led to a months-long fire in the mountain of waste they left near a Yorkshire town have been handed community sentences



Why an appeal over landfill ‘fluff’ could have major implications for the waste sector

Why an appeal over landfill ‘fluff’ could have major implications for the waste sector

Legal experts agree that an Upper Tribunal decision on landfill ‘fluff’ could have far reaching implications for the waste industry. Conor McGlone reports

Environmental Law

Is Natural England reluctant to prosecute rule breakers?

In its 14 year history, the nature regulator has brought just 14 successful prosecutions. James Fair asks whether the enforcer is proving to be a soft touch

Brexit Hub Policy

Policy changes that need to be on your radar in 2020

With the UK set to formally leave the EU at the end of this month, fundamental changes to environmental policy and legislation are on the cards. ENDS checks the policy radar to identify what you need to prepare for in the coming year

Energy from waste

What new EU rules could mean for the UK’s energy-from-waste sector

A new waste incineration best available techniques reference document is likely to have major cost implications for the UK’s energy-from-waste sector. Conor McGlone reports


Site inspections: What to expect and how to react

Legal experts give their advice on what to do in the event of a surprise visit from the regulator

Environmental Law

How ecocide could be made an international crime

What would need to happen for the widescale, long-term and severe destruction of the environment to be made an international crime?

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