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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...

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Chemical risks and hazards

New limits for toxic chemicals in products 'contravene' UN convention

New rules on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) will “keep millions exposed to toxic chemicals” in products containing recycled plastics, campaigners have warned after the European Parliament's environment committee accepted a compromise negotiated with EU governments

Environmental Politics Brexit Hub

DEFRA’s no-deal preparations ‘over-optimistic’, says parliamentary committee

A House of Commons committee has accused DEFRA of being over-optimistic in its plans to secure adequate food supplies if the UK crashes out of the EU without a deal

Products & Chemicals

UK-REACH database will be ready for Brexit, says DEFRA

DEFRA has confirmed that the new UK REACH chemicals registration database will be ready to receive user input from day one of a no-deal Brexit, although European businesses have united to call the prospect a “no-win outcome”

Environmental Politics

India bans plastic waste imports

India has become the latest country to ban the import of plastic waste since China and a number of other countries closed their doors to UK recyclates last year

Products & Chemicals

CJEU overrules lead chromates authorisation

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has banned the use of two substances used for road marking paints that are considered harmful to human health and the environment

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Products & Chemicals

Why the UK’s deposit return schemes could be vulnerable to fraud

Why the UK’s deposit return schemes could be vulnerable to fraud

England and Scotland are pressing ahead with separate versions of deposit return schemes for plastic bottles, but divergence could lead to fraud and confusion, finds Conor McGlone

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

Land, Ecology & Development

What will the £5bn WINEP programme mean for consultancies?

The 2021-25 Water Industry National Environment Programme is the biggest scheme of environmental works yet to be undertaken by water companies. ENDS looks at the opportunities it will bring for consultancies

Environmental Politics

How will the government's plans to overhaul the waste sector affect industry?

With the government planning a major overhaul of the UK’s waste sector, Conor McGlone investigates how the proposals could impact the supply chain

Environmental Politics

Why contamination is an intractable problem for UK recycling

With the latest figures suggesting contamination levels are rising at material recovery facilities, Conor McGlone asks why the UK has not learned lessons from China and looks at what effect continued contamination is having across the UK supply chain

Environmental Politics

China waste ban: How will the UK solve its capacity crunch?

With DEFRA claiming it wants to reduce reliance on waste exports and increase domestic recycling, Conor McGlone asks how the government plans to implement lessons learned from the Chinese recycling crisis

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