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Why farmers and environmental groups are at odds over pollution rules

Why farmers and environmental groups are at odds over pollution rules

Despite many breaches, there have been no fines or prosecutions under new farming water pollution rules during the two years they have been in force. Has the government told the Environment Agency to take a light-touch approach? Wil Crisp reports... Read more

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Water firm boss: Public tolerance for pollution 'has vanished'

The public's growing intolerance of water pollution is 'driving demand for increased investment' but there is a challenge in managing trade-offs between the carbon impact of engineering solutions to prevent sewer overflows and the ecological benefits of improved water quality, a discussion paper published this week by Yorkshire Water has said


DEFRA faces legal action over river pollution

The environment department is facing fresh court action over its failure to prevent agricultural pollution in England’s rivers despite a court order demanding the government take action, it has been announced today

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‘Fines need to hurt’: EA chair makes case for economic turnover penalties

Large polluting firms should be hit with bigger fines based on a percentage of their revenues, Environment Agency chair Emma Howard Boyd has said

Brexit Hub Regulation

DEFRA promises summer launch for shadow green watchdog

A temporary green watchdog to assess government progress against environmental goals will be established in July and will set out the permanent Office for Environmental Protection’s strategy and enforcement policy, the government has announced


‘Disproportionate’ water pollution regulations face Senedd test

Opposition members of the Senedd are seeking to torpedo the Welsh government’s plans to introduce new nationwide rules to prevent water pollution from agriculture in Wales, warning that the regulations are 'disproportionate' and would 'undermine the viability of many Welsh farms'



Interview: Dark Waters hero Robert Bilott on the poisoning of a nation and his 20-year battle with a chemicals giant

Interview: Dark Waters hero Robert Bilott on the poisoning of a nation and his 20-year battle with a chemicals giant

US attorney Robert Bilott has worked for two decades to get justice for those harmed by ‘forever chemical’ PFOA, with his efforts leading to multi-million dollar legal payouts, a Hollywood movie and the shocking revelation that every American has the substance in their blood. But the battle is far from over, and now it’s global

Planning & land use

Focus on: pollution from abandoned metal mines

Britain’s landscape is littered with abandoned metal mines, many of which closed more than 100 years ago. They still pollute our rivers, harming fish, river insects and ecosystems


Why the EA is under fire over hazardous waste in a Saxon pit

The chief secretary to the Treasury, a district council, a local town councillor and an activist are taking on the Environment Agency over a buried landfill. James Fair reports

Water resources, efficiency

England’s ‘seriously water stressed’ areas to double in number

The Environment Agency has set out plans to safeguard water supplies and protect the environment in some of England’s most seriously water stressed areas, which are soon to double in number, though abstraction reform still looks to be a way off

Brexit Hub Policy

Does DEFRA have ‘the clout’ to lead on green policy?

The government has made big speeches about improving the environment, but is there a ‘gap between rhetoric and reality’? James Fair reports

Brexit Hub Regulation

Will slashing red tape damage green protections?

Now that the UK has fully left the EU, is the government seeking to roll back regulation in a bid to stimulate the economy? Yes. Will that inevitably undermine environmental protections? Not necessarily, reports Adam Branson

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