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Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Do Boris Johnson’s new Spads want to slash environmental protections?

Do Boris Johnson’s new Spads want to slash environmental protections?

Could the recruitment of a group of young, libertarian special advisers lead to the erosion of environmental standards? Jocelyn Timperley reports

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Land, Ecology & Development

Council slammed for spraying beach with glyphosate weedkiller

A council has generated a backlash on Twitter for warning bathers to exercise caution after it sprayed a beach with a controversial herbicide

Chemical risks and hazards

Chemicals giant ditches ‘non-stick’ chemicals for food packaging

A major producer of non-stick coatings has confirmed it no longer manufactures three products for food packaging containing a class of chemicals linked to environmental and health risks

Brexit Hub Products & Chemicals

Post-Brexit chemicals rules ‘unworkable, unrealistic, costly and will lead to more animal testing’, says industry

The chemicals industry has written to environment secretary Theresa Villiers slamming the government’s post-Brexit chemicals regulation plans and railing at the risk to business and DEFRA’s “unwillingness or inability” to consider alternatives

Products & Chemicals

REACH: 60 chemicals manufacturers commit to re-evaluating safety data

Close to 60 chemical producers and importers have committed to re-evaluating the safety data in their REACH registration dossiers, according to Cefic, the European chemical industry council

Chemical risks and hazards

Grenfell fire expert resigns over contamination risk assessments

A leading fire expert has resigned from the team trying to establish whether the area around the Grenfell Tower has been contaminated by the fire


Civil sanctions

Focus on: civil sanctions

More than 370 enforcement undertakings have been agreed in England since 2011, totalling £14.8m in contributions to environmental causes, according to analysis of Environment Agency figures by ENDS

Environmental Law

9 environmental policy and compliance deadlines to look out for in August

Important deadlines relating to cosmetic products, transport procurement, ecolabel criteria, clean air zones, chemicals, flooding, and marine conservation are coming up in August

Environmental Politics

Environmental policy: what's in the new PM's in-tray?

As well as ensuring the safe passage of the Environment Bill and organising a new cabinet, Boris Johnson’s top environmental priorities should include making decisions on chemicals regulation, Heathrow expansion, the waste and resources strategy and energy efficiency, according to experts


What the Commons’ toxics inquiry tells us about the government’s Chemicals Strategy

DEFRA has barely put pen to paper for its Chemicals Strategy. But the Environmental Audit Committee’s inquiry into toxic chemicals in everyday life, which concluded this week, offered a number of clues about what it should deliver, finds Gareth Simkins

Environmental Law

New Environment Bill measures: 16 things you need to know

Michael Gove revealed new details of the scope of the forthcoming Environment Bill in a major speech at Kew Gardens. Here’s what you need to know about the key announcements from the environment secretary

Environmental Law

12 environmental policy and compliance deadlines to look out for in July

Important deadlines relating to REACH authorisations, chemicals labelling, carbon emissions monitoring, energy efficiency, flood strategy, carbon pricing, transport of radioactive material, and marine conservation are coming up in July

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