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Why two thirds of REACH registrations could be breaking the rules

Why two thirds of REACH registrations could be breaking the rules

The failure of chemical producers and importers to provide vital chemical safety data is undermining REACH’s ‘no data, no market’ principle, finds Gareth Simkins

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Chemicals industry 'very anxious' about no-deal Brexit

Leaving the EU without a deal would have “profound effects” on the chemicals industry, the Chemical Industries Association has told MPs


‘Out of step’ government rejects MPs’ sustainable fashion recommendations

MPs’ calls for mandatory environmental targets for large fashion retailers and a ban on incinerating or landfilling unsold fashion stock have been dismissed by the government

Products & Chemicals

DEFRA’s slug pellet ban faces legal challenge

A producer of metaldehyde slug pullets has won permission to take DEFRA to court over its decision to ban the substance on environmental grounds

Products & Chemicals Brexit Hub

DEFRA threatened with legal action over ‘weakening’ of chemicals laws after Brexit

DEFRA faces the prospect of a judicial review unless it urgently addresses gaps in secondary legislation relating to the UK’s chemicals regulation after Brexit, green groups have warned

Environmental Law

Consultancies picked for £4m contract to advise EA on permit decisions

Seven environmental consultancies, including Jacobs, Mott MacDonald and WYG, have won a share of a £4m contract to support the Environment Agency’s (EA) national permitting service team



Burning question: Why councils are sending low-grade plastics for incineration

Burning question: Why councils are sending low-grade plastics for incineration

With some councils suggesting they will stop collecting certain types of low-grade plastics for recycling, Conor McGlone investigates how the lack of a market for the PET found in pots, tubs and trays is leading to increasing EfW levels in the UK

Environmental Law

6 compliance deadlines coming up this month

Important deadlines relating to conservation, chemicals restriction under REACH, carbon emissions accounting and sectoral reference documents under the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) are coming up in May

Products & Chemicals

Fact checker: Has the UK led EU chemical regulation?

The UK has tried to ban some chemicals faster than other EU members want, the environment minister has claimed. How do the facts stack up?

Environmental Law Brexit Hub

Could a new EU rule stifle the precautionary principle?

A requirement to examine the impact of policymaking on innovation is set to enter EU law for the first time. Simon Pickstone examines whether it threatens environmental principles - and what it means for Brexit Britain

Environmental Politics Brexit Hub

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

Products & Chemicals

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

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