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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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
A consignment of 21 containers illegally exported to Sri Lanka three years ago arrived back in England this week, according to the Environment Agency
The Environment Agency is spending £1m a year on external consultancies to help it improve its failing permitting service, ENDS can reveal
The environment department has hit back again at accusations that the new Office for Environmental Protection will be more lapdog than watchdog
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'
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
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
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.
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
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
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