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Products & Chemicals

UK Chemicals Strategy: Why experts are still arguing over the basics

UK Chemicals Strategy: Why experts are still arguing over the basics

With much of the forthcoming Chemicals Strategy still blank, experts are seeking to ensure that it bolsters enforcement, ensures transparent decision-making and maintains risk-based regulation.... Read more

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Brexit Hub Environmental Law

‘Concerning’ Brexit regulations allow change to environmental compliance tests

Regulations approved by the Commons on Tuesday could allow the government to change how compliance with a raft of EU environmental legislation is judged, observers fear

Brexit Hub Environmental Law

Natural England: No change in environmental assessment, permitting or enforcement after Brexit

People working in the environment sector will be able to continue to do so after Brexit without disruption because green rules, regimes and protections will remain unchanged whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal, Natural England has said

Products & Chemicals

Environment Bill: REACH enforcement powers set to be reinforced

The Environment Bill would permit the creation of new offences connected to breaches of the REACH regime

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Environment Bill: Legal principles remain source of contention

The scope of a new set of environmental principles, as set out in the government’s mammoth Environment Bill, retains loopholes that have previously come under fire from legal experts and green groups

Environmental Law

Environment Bill: New law would lock in biodiversity baselines for net gain

The pre-development biodiversity value of any site in England would be locked in place from this month as part of the government’s flagship policy to improve nature, according to the government’s landmark Environment Bill

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Regulation

Why the waste exemption regime is heading for reform

Why the waste exemption regime is heading for reform

There are 487,432 waste exemptions held in England with many sites holding multiple registrations. Plans to tighten up the system follow fears it is open to abuse and tricky to comply with

Environmental Law

38 things you need to know about the Environment Bill

The landmark Environment Bill would make significant changes to laws relating to air quality, water resources, waste management, nature improvement and chemicals, and sets out how a new green watchdog would enforce environmental rules. Here’s what you need to know.

Brexit Hub Environmental Law

Does Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan trash environmental protections?

The government has drawn the Brexit battle lines and set out a proposal for leaving the EU, but will environmental safeguards end up as collateral damage? James Fair reports

Fines Monitor Environmental Law

Proceeds of Crime: the UK’s 10 largest environmental confiscation orders

Millions of pounds of ill-gotten gains have been won back from environmental criminals and, on occasion, legitimate businesses. Gareth Simkins looks through some of the largest

Land, Ecology & Development

Q&A: DEFRA’s ‘payments by results’ pilot explained

A Natural England report today concluded that a new approach to land management was working for wildlife and could form the basis for land payments in the near future. But what does ‘payments by results’ mean? ENDS explains

Land, Ecology & Development

DEFRA claims ‘payments by results’ pilot a success for nature

A government trial in which landowners receive money for boosting wildlife has been deemed a success by DEFRA and Natural England

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