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Environmental Law

Will the EA use new powers to commit state-sponsored crime?

Will the EA use new powers to commit state-sponsored crime?

The ‘spy cops bill’ gives the agency powers to legally undertake torture, murder and rape in pursuit of criminals, but would it go that far? Adam Branson reports

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Waste

EA refuses Biffa’s soil washing permit

The Environment Agency has refused waste giant Biffa permission to add a soil washing and heat treatment facility to its aggregate treatment and recycling facility in Horsham, West Sussex, due to concerns over the potential for toxic emissions

Environmental Law

Hundreds of tonnes of waste dumped in Sri Lanka arrive back in the UK

A consignment of 21 containers illegally exported to Sri Lanka three years ago arrived back in England this week, according to the Environment Agency

Regulation

Exclusive: EA spends £4m on consultancies to reduce permitting queues

The Environment Agency is spending £1m a year on external consultancies to help it improve its failing permitting service, ENDS can reveal

Brexit Hub Legislation

DEFRA: Safeguards will protect green watchdog's independence

The environment department has hit back again at accusations that the new Office for Environmental Protection will be more lapdog than watchdog

Brexit Hub Legislation

Eustice: Green groups have ‘misunderstood’ controversial watchdog amendment

Environment secretary George Eustice has defended the government’s move to enable it to direct the nascent Office for Environmental Protection’s enforcement policy via an amendment to the Environment Bill, describing it as a 'very normal standard clause'

Analysis

Chemical risks and hazards

A poisonous legacy: PCBs and the killer whale apocalypse

A poisonous legacy: PCBs and the killer whale apocalypse

A group of banned toxic chemicals made decades ago are today harming orcas, porpoises and kestrels. Rachel Salvidge investigates an industrial legacy that refuses to die

Waste

Is the EA poised to crack down on hazardous waste misclassification?

More than half of waste operators could be breaking the law by misclassifying hazardous waste and firms could find their compliance costs skyrocketing. The EA says the matter is a ‘priority’ and the sector fears a crackdown. Conor McGlone reports

Regulation

Has the EA’s permitting service ‘completely fallen apart’?

The waste industry has welcomed the EA’s ambitious plan to clear its permitting backlog but says the agency needs financial help from the Treasury to avoid unintended negative consequences elsewhere. Conor McGlone reports.

Waste

Incineration vs landfill: Why the debate over carbon intensity is far from over

Energy from waste plants have long been preferred as a destination for rubbish over landfill sites, but are they really the most low carbon option? Waste management policy decisions made now will set the level of greenhouse gas impacts for the next generation, reports David Burrows

Plastics

England’s plastic straw ban: 6 things you need to know

From today, businesses in England must not supply or sell single-use plastic straws, cotton buds, and drink stirrers, or face financial penalties. Here's what you need to know

Waste

Targeting England’s waste mountain

The government has announced plans for two new waste targets to underpin the Environment Bill, focusing on the top of the waste hierarchy, and aiming to drive reduction, reuse and repair. But what will those targets look like, and how will they be enforced?

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