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UK Chemicals Strategy: Why experts are still arguing over the basics

UK Chemicals Strategy: Why experts are still arguing over the basics

With much of the forthcoming Chemicals Strategy still blank, experts are seeking to ensure that it bolsters enforcement, ensures transparent decision-making and maintains risk-based regulation.... Read more

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Industrial emissions

Software failure costs Total £36,000 for ETS error

Oil and gas company Total E&P has paid a five-figure sum after an error crept into one of its offshore platform’s greenhouse gas emissions calculations

Products & Chemicals

Substitute PFAS and nanotubes now, says chemicals NGO

‘Asbestos-like’ carbon nanotubes and a series of chemicals considered ‘persistent, mobile and toxic’ should be replaced in all supply chains, according to a chemicals NGO

Air Brexit Hub

The ENDS Report Brexit Library: live table

Click through to view a sortable and regularly updated table of key Brexit-related policy, legislation and guidance documents published by the UK government, devolved administrations and the European Commission

Water pollution

Quarry owner fined for ‘high level’ stream pollution

The owners of a quarry in north Wales have been ordered to pay almost £39,000 for polluting five kilometres of a watercourse on two occasions

Environmental Law

‘Negligent’ diesel pollution filter manufacturer fined

Supplying replacement air pollution control parts that met an older performance standard but were supplied for modern vehicles has led to a penalty of almost £14,000


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Unfinished business: 7 critical green plans left in limbo

Unfinished business: 7 critical green plans left in limbo

A number of critical fledgling bills and environmental strategies have been left with an uncertain future as a result of the general election. ENDS takes a look at some of the most important outstanding environmental strategies


The debrief: How a Belgian cement plant is blazing a trail to net-zero emissions

The cement industry has a long journey ahead if it is to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement. One carbon capture demonstration project shows a possible way forward

Contaminated land

Grenfell fire: Will a toxicology expert's resignation prompt a rethink about risk assessment?

Concerns over the government’s approach to the environmental aftermath of one of the UK’s worst modern disasters led a toxicology expert to quit an advisory panel in August. Does contamination pose an ongoing health threat?

Environmental Law

Compliance: Ineos's Seal Sands plant's permit performance

Ineos has announced that its Seal Sands acrylonitrile plant on Teesside faces closure, citing the cost of environmental regulation among the reasons behind its decision. The plant has a poor record of compliance with its environmental permits over recent years, Environment Agency data shows

Environmental Law

15 environmental policy and compliance deadlines to look out for in October

Important deadlines relating to plastics production and pollution, costs protection for environmental claims, environmental permitting, nitrates action, environmental damage reporting, waste management, water use and restriction of chemicals are coming up in October


End-of-waste review: Why waste recyclers could be in for significant cost increases

Firms who turn waste into new products could be in line for significant extra costs as a result of the Environment Agency’s review of end-of-waste criteria. Conor McGlone investigates

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