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Waste

How the Brexit deal could lead to a red tape headache for waste ...

How the Brexit deal could lead to a red tape headache for waste

While the waste industry has welcomed the UK’s eleventh-hour trade deal, there are fears that an attempt to avoid a ‘race to the bottom’ could increase the regulatory burdens placed on the industry. Conor McGlone reports... Read more

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Liability & insurance

‘Forever chemicals’: Firms pay out $4bn for toxic PFAS liabilities

Chemicals firm Dupont and its spin off company Chemours have agreed to pay out $4bn to settle a dispute over environmental liability relating to the future effects of PFAS contamination, resulting from legacy pollution of the toxic chemical in the US

Environmental Politics

Johnson helps launch climate adaptation coalition

The UK has helped form a new international coalition to bolster efforts to support communities vulnerable to climate change

Industrial emissions

Government plans new best available techniques rules

The government intends to largely replicate the EU’s approach to setting rules for industrial emissions control but there are signs of more radical changes being on the horizon

Environmental Politics

Sharma ‘apoplectic’ over coal mine decision

COP26 president Alok Sharma is said to be 'apoplectic' with the communities secretary Robert Jenrick for not calling in an application for the development of Britain’s first new deep coal mine in decades

Flooding

Government considers ‘strengthening role’ of the EA to tackle flooding

The environment secretary George Eustice has said the government is looking at 'strengthening the role of the Environment Agency in the planning system' to help counter flooding

Analysis

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?

Brexit Hub Chemicals

‘Unravelling an omelette back into eggs’: What does the Brexit deal mean for chemicals regulation?

Great Britain can now choose to deviate from EU chemicals regulations, but the key question is how likely it is to do so and whether industry will be willing to play ball, finds Adam Branson

Agriculture & forestry

Lugg controversy: Why do landowners make such grave environmental errors?

Some landowners are great custodians of the environment, while others have been seen to trash the natural world in their care. How do some get it so right and others so wrong? James Fair reports

Contaminated land

England and Wales’ toxic landfills: 8 things you need to know

Last week, ENDS uncovered and mapped the locations of hundreds of toxic landfill sites buried beneath farmland, parks, housing and schools across England and Wales. Experts say the problem is ‘waiting to creep up on us and bite us in a very big way’. Here’s what you need to know

Contaminated land

EXCLUSIVE: Locations of hundreds of buried toxic landfills revealed

The sites of hundreds of old buried landfills containing hazardous waste have been uncovered in an investigation by the ENDS Report, which also reveals the locations of hundreds more dumps whose contents remain unknown even to the Environment Agency

Brexit Hub Environmental Law

Does the Brexit deal endanger environmental protections?

The deal states that the UK or the EU ‘shall not weaken or reduce’ protections but demonstrating breaches of the clause would mean one party having to prove that changes would affect trade or investment. David Burrows reports

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