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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?

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Waste overhaul: ‘Get Brexit sorted first’, says Gove

Environment secretary Michael Gove has said new legislation aimed at overhauling the UK’s waste and resources sector will be introduced “within the next year or two”, but only after the government has “sorted” Brexit


EU court rejects recycled PVC challenge

The European Commission has seen off a legal challenge against its decision not to review the authorisation of a harmful substance in recycled PVC

Chemical risks and hazards

DEFRA publishes new UK-REACH law following industry criticism

The government has published new amendments to the planned post-Brexit chemicals regulatory regime in response to concerns from the chemicals industry

Environmental Law Brexit Hub

Gove plans corrective Brexit law to address chemical industry concerns

Environment secretary Michael Gove is considering introducing a new Brexit-related REACH statutory instrument to address the concerns of the chemical industry

Chemical risks and hazards

REACH controls bogged down by inadequate toxicity data

After more than a decade in operation, REACH has left “a startling proportion of problem substances” uncontrolled, according to Brussels-based green group the European Environmental Bureau


Environmental Law Brexit Hub

Could a new EU rule stifle the precautionary principle?

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

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

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