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Policy briefing: The lowdown on the extended producer responsibility scheme

Policy briefing: The lowdown on the extended producer responsibility scheme

A new consultation has set out the key elements of a proposed scheme that will make packaging producers take on the full cost of managing their products’ waste

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Products & Chemicals

Cosmetics found to be laden with PFAS

At least half of all cosmetics on sale in North America contain extremely persistent PFAS, a group of chemicals that has also been linked to cancers and other serious health conditions, according to a scientific study


Government moots carbon pricing compensation link with ‘levelling up’ agenda

The government is proposing to implement a series of new criteria for assessing which firms should secure public money intended to offset the indirect energy costs caused by carbon pricing policies, with a focus on ensuring such firms can 'decarbonise in the UK', securing 'well-paid jobs in areas where salaries fall below the UK average'

Products & Chemicals

‘Worrying, but not surprising’: Paucity of UK chemical compliance testing revealed

So far this year, British local authorities have barely reported any products as dangerous to the public due to breaching chemical safety rules – compared to hundreds made across the EU

Products & Chemicals

Ban on medium-chain chlorinated paraffins would have ‘severe impact’ on industry

The government has told the Environment Agency to prepare a dossier setting out why medium-chain chlorinated paraffins should be banned under the Stockholm Convention, despite opposition from users and producers

Products & Chemicals

‘The UK needs a new Chemicals Agency’, says former EA board member

DEFRA’s forthcoming Chemicals Strategy should overhaul the UK’s approach to toxic substances, with a new pan-UK Chemicals Agency, bolstered by a new Chemicals Act, according to environmental policy expert and former Environment Agency board member Nigel Haigh


Global negotiations

Does the world need a ‘Paris Agreement for plastics’?

Does the world need a ‘Paris Agreement for plastics’?

Momentum is building towards negotiating a global treaty to curb plastic pollution. But how could such a treaty work, and where does the UK stand on the issue? Simon Pickstone investigates


'A strange blight': Does the government's sustainable pesticides plan go far enough?

Will the government’s revised action plan for the sustainable use of pesticides be enough to quell concerns over their impact?

Environmental Politics

Why DEFRA 'lacks the clout’ to deliver its environment plan

Two recent Public Accounts Committee inquiries have questioned DEFRA’s ability to lead other departments, and even its own agencies, to achieve its aims for the environment. Catherine Early reports

Contaminated land

Why is it so hard to unearth what’s in your backyard?

The UK’s industrial past has left a toxic legacy, but getting information about what might be lurking near to people’s homes can prove painfully difficult, finds Danny Halpin

Water pollution

PFAS poisoning: Why is so little known about the presence of ‘forever chemicals’ in UK drinking water?

Countries across the world are scrambling to understand and curb the impacts of toxic chemicals which have made their way into drinking water supplies and have been linked to a range of diseases including at least two cancers. But there are no routine tests for it in the UK. Rachel Salvidge asks why


Interview: Dark Waters hero Robert Bilott on the poisoning of a nation and his 20-year battle with a chemicals giant

US attorney Robert Bilott has worked for two decades to get justice for those harmed by ‘forever chemical’ PFOA, with his efforts leading to multi-million dollar legal payouts, a Hollywood movie and the shocking revelation that every American has the substance in their blood. But the battle is far from over, and now it’s global

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