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Interview: Rebecca Pow on the latest amendments to the Environment Bill

Interview: Rebecca Pow on the latest amendments to the Environment Bill

As the government's flagship green legislation nears royal assent, environment minister Rebecca Pow speaks to ENDS about controversial plans to refocus the Habitats Regulations and measures in the bill to tackle sewage discharges from storm overflows... Read more

Latest news


Green Gas Levy to support biogas injection launches this autumn

A new support scheme for injecting biomethane into the gas grid, funded by a new charge on suppliers of fossil gas, will launch this autumn


Council calls for EA funding to tackle abandoned waste site which sparked month-long blaze

A council has written to the environment secretary George Eustice, calling for financial assistance for the Environment Agency in dealing with an abandoned waste site, which caught fire and turned into a month-long blaze in April


Magnox scandal poses ‘valuable lessons’ for the government

The government has accepted virtually every single recommendation of the inquiry into the failed Magnox nuclear decommissioning contract and subsequent litigation, according to a response published on Tuesday


Highways England launches net zero roadmap

‘Immediate and sustained action’ will be taken to decarbonise motorways and A-roads, Highways England has said, putting roads ‘at the heart of the low carbon economy’

Environmental Law

Courts Bill ‘weakens checks on power and damages access to justice’, says top lawyer

The Judicial Review and Courts Bill would lend judges powers to curtail the impact of their decisions on the government – weakening legal checks on Whitehall, say lawyers


Brexit Hub Research/science

After Brexit: Should the UK rejoin the EEA?

After Brexit: Should the UK rejoin the EEA?

While the UK is out of the European Environment Agency, common reporting on green issues will be vital to upholding a level playing field after the transition period. Is rejoining the agency the answer?


How the Environment Agency and a water firm discussed plans to silence residents over sewage pollution

Residents asking questions about sewage pollution have obtained redacted correspondence that suggests they have been at the centre of a concerted effort by the Environment Agency and Northumbrian Water to halt their enquiries. Rachel Salvidge investigates

Brexit Hub Legislation

Mind the governance gap: Will environmental crimes go unpunished?

England's green watchdog's powers are curtailed by the Environment Bill and Wales is a long way from establishing any body to cover the governance gap left created by Brexit. Will this lead to an overall weakening of environmental protections? asks James Fair


Why do secrecy clauses underpin the Office for Environmental Protection?

The Environment Bill contains provisions that would prevent the green watchdog from disclosing information about its investigations, alarming peers and green groups alike. Wil Crisp reports

Waste water & sewage

Environment Bill: The lowdown on the proposed legal duties on sewage discharges from storm overflows

As the Environment Bill goes through the House of Lords, Clive Mottram has a look at the possible new legal duties on sewage discharges from storm overflows

Environmental assessment

What to expect from the government's plan to reform environmental assessment

The government’s plan to reform the environmental assessment regime could see the need for site-specific assessment removed in some areas earmarked for growth and changes made on which developments require an EIA, write Claire Petricca-Riding and Stefano D’Ambrosio

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