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Why a no-deal Brexit is likely to lead to more waste crime

Why a no-deal Brexit is likely to lead to more waste crime

The Environment Agency has acknowledged that potential funding cuts threaten its abilities to tackle waste crime, and a no-deal Brexit will only make matters worse, finds Conor McGlone


Are anaerobic digesters a net loss for the environment?

Are anaerobic digesters a net loss for the environment?

With an anaerobic digester spill killing 10,000 fish in Devon this month and the wider industry receiving flak for growing maize for feedstock, James Fair asks whether the booming low-carbon... Read more

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EA investigating cause of south London waste fire

The Environment Agency (EA) has confirmed it is investigating a fire at a Viridor waste site in south London which prompted complaints from local air quality campaigners


Three men prosecuted over ‘major orchestrated fly-tipping operation’

Three men have been fined for running an “orchestrated” fly-tipping operation in Havant which cost the Environment Agency (EA) £100,000 to clear


Plans for 10 UK EfW plants revealed

A group of companies has announced plans for 10 new energy-from-waste (EfW) facilities to be built across the UK in addition to one already in progress

Brexit Hub Environmental Law

‘Damaging and unjustified’: Environment Bill secrecy clause must go, NGOs urge

The government must drop secrecy provisions contained in the Environment Bill that would force the new green watchdog to withhold information about the organisations it is investigating, according to a group of 36 NGOs


Dutch waste import ban could lead to emergency landfilling, warns industry

The waste industry has warned it may have no option but to landfill hundreds of thousands of tonnes of waste after the Netherlands announced a temporary ban on refuse-derived fuel (RDF) imports last week


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


Will the EA’s attempts at halting illegal waste exports work?

The EA’s plans to toughen the regulation of waste exports and tighten checks at ports have been welcomed by the sector, but do they go far enough? Conor McGlone reports

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Theresa Villiers: What mark will the ‘Brexit hero’ make at DEFRA?

New environment secretary Theresa Villiers has been hailed as one of the 'heroes of Brexit'. But are her eurosceptic credentials compatible with her pledge to protect and restore the natural environment? Simon Pickstone investigates

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


The cost of compliance: are businesses getting more for their money?

An increase in charges has pulled in an additional £5m in annual fee income for the Environment Agency, but the regulator’s performance on determination times has in some cases got worse

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

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