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Could a new EU rule stifle the precautionary principle?

Could a new EU rule stifle the precautionary principle?

A requirement to examine the impact of policymaking on innovation is set to enter EU...

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Waste

No-deal Brexit: DEFRA urges waste firms to review export contingency plans

Waste firms should review their export contingency plans in case of disruption at ports should the UK crash out of the EU without a deal, the government has warned

Environmental Law

£500,000 fine for raw sewage pollution in protected park

Severn Trent Water has been fined £500,000 for polluting a park with thousands of gallons of raw sewage, in what Natural England says was one of the worst cases of damage to a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) it has witnessed

Investment & finance

Environment Agency chair: Business unprepared for worsening weather

Failure to invest at scale in climate change mitigation and adaptation risks inducing global economic shocks, according to Environment Agency chair Emma Howard Boyd

Waste

Suez reality checks DEFRA's waste proposals

Waste firm Suez has today launched a tool aimed at helping local authorities assess the likely cost implications of the government’s plans to overhaul the waste sector

Waste

UK’s ‘creaking recycling infrastructure’ nearing overload, says packaging firm

The UK will fall short of its target to recycle 65% of its household waste by “more than a decade” and its recycling infrastructure is close to overload, according to a report

Analysis

Environmental Politics Brexit Hub

What would a Brexit delay mean for the environment?

What would a Brexit delay mean for the environment?

Debate is raging over whether the UK should request extending its EU membership after the 29 March deadline. Simon Pickstone asks how it would impact the waste and chemicals sectors

Waste

How Brexit could lead to a rise in ‘waste tourism’

Brexit is opening up the doors to the prospect of divergence in environmental standards across the UK, finds Conor McGlone, setting the scene set for an increase in ‘waste tourism’

Environmental Politics

10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week: Spring statement: six things you need to know; India bans plastic waste imports; UK set to miss biodiversity goals; Go-ahead for mandatory biodiversity net gain plan and more

Energy

International Women’s Day: Women in the environment sector

To mark International Women’s Day, ENDS has put together a selection of women in the environment sector, each of whom are blazing a trail at the top of their fields.

Brexit Hub Access to justice

Post-Brexit governance: Why the devolved administrations are reluctant to collaborate with Westminster

As EU exit day looms, the devolved administrations have been slow to prepare their post-Brexit plans for the environment. Simon Pickstone asks what’s causing the delay

Products & Chemicals

10 things you need to know about DEFRA’s post-Brexit REACH chemical regulations

The government claims that its replacement for the EU’s REACH system entails no change in policy. Others beg to differ. ENDS has put together a list of everything you need to know about the government’s plans for chemicals regulations after the UK leaves the EU

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