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How the wrong environmental assessment led to a water firm ending up in ...

How the wrong environmental assessment led to a water firm ending up in

A water firm had its permission to use an outfall pipe quashed after a court determined that it did not properly consider the potential environmental impacts of its discharge on a protected river.... Read more

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Water

Climate emergency: ‘People will die’ unless communities are moved, EA chief warns

Parts of the UK “could be uninhabitable in a few decades” as a result of the “climate emergency”, Environment Agency (EA) chief executive Sir James Bevan warned yesterday, while promoting a consultation on a draft nationwide resilience strategy

Land, Ecology & Development

Housing developments halted over nitrate pollution concerns

Five councils have suspended granting planning permission near legally protected areas after Natural England said consents should not be granted unless developments are nitrate neutral.

Drinking water

Thames Water to pay £240,000 for drinking water treatment failures

Thames Water has been ordered to pay almost £240,000 for losing control of key treatment processes at a north London drinking water works

Environmental Law

Consultancies picked for £4m contract to advise EA on permit decisions

Seven environmental consultancies, including Jacobs, Mott MacDonald and WYG, have won a share of a £4m contract to support the Environment Agency’s (EA) national permitting service team

Water

Gove moots new ‘highly protected marine areas’

The environment secretary has launched a review into whether some of England’s seas could be offered the highest level of legal protections, including a ban on any human activity that could potentially cause harm

Analysis

Water quality

Mapped: Latest UK bathing water quality ratings

Mapped: Latest UK bathing water quality ratings

Is the water at your favourite beach clean? Click through to view an interactive map with details of how the UK's 644 monitored bathing waters have been classified under the provisions of the Bathing Water Directive

Water

Focus on: water companies' business plans

Water industry regulator Ofwat has issued draft approvals of three of the country’s main utilities’ pricing and investment plans for the next five years, including proposals for investment in environmental improvements

Water

The debrief: How a water firm agreed a deal to remove individual protected species licence requirements

Natural England’s approach to streamlining its regulatory process could help Southern Water achieve its five-year plan for environmental improvements

Land, Ecology & Development

10 things you need to know about the Environment Agency’s risk management plans

In preparation for a 4°C rise in global temperature, increased flooding and rising sea levels, the Environment Agency (EA) has set out a new approach to flood risk management, involving new standards for infrastructure, developments and communities

Industrial emissions

How standard permitting rules are changing for a range of activities

The Environment Agency has revised conditions for a swathe of permitting conditions for the most common regulated activities. Gareth Simkins investigates

Waste water & sewage

Five things you need to know about wet wipe reefs

‘The Thames Great Wet Wipe Reef’, hidden along the banks of London's iconic river, is growing. What is the scale of the problem and is it being addressed?

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