‘Ella’s law’ bill seeks to establish right to clean air in UK – The Guardian

Posted May 20th, 2022 in bills, children, environmental health, health, news, pollution by sally

‘A new clean air law is starting out in parliament after the Green party peer Jenny Jones won first place in the House of Lords ballot for private members’ bills.’

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The Guardian, 20th May 2022

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Breaches of English farm pollution laws rise as rules remain largely unenforced – The Guardian

Posted April 22nd, 2022 in agriculture, environmental health, news, pollution, statistics, water by sally

‘The number of documented violations of legislation designed to reduce water pollution caused by agriculture in England has hit record levels as the rules remain largely unenforced.’

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The Guardian, 21st April 2022

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Recommendations to improve safety of coal tips in Wales – Law Commission

Posted March 25th, 2022 in climate change, environmental health, Law Commission, miners, news, Wales, waste by tracey

‘Law Commission recommendations for a new safety regime would help to protect against a range of threats to coal tip safety and ensure all tips are dealt with in a consistent way.’

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Law Commission, 24th March 2022

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Indirect effects and environmental impact assessment – Local Government Lawyer

‘In Finch the Court of Appeal has declined to define significant indirect effects for environmental impact assessment (EIA). Barristers at Cornerstone Barristers consider the ruling.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th March 2022

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English appeal court rules on assessment of indirect emissions in consent applications – OUT-LAW.com

‘Applications for planning permission for projects in England and Wales will need to provide “utmost clarity” on their potential indirect environmental impacts in the wake of a new court judgment.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st March 2022

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Environment Agency downgrading 93% of prosecutions for serious pollution – The Guardian

‘England’s Environment Agency has downgraded 93% of prosecutions for serious pollution over four years, despite recommendations from frontline staff for the perpetrators to face the highest sanction, a leaked report seen by the Guardian reveals.’

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The Guardian, 2nd March 2022

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UK wildlife campaigners call for legal right to access nature for all – The Guardian

Posted February 21st, 2022 in environmental health, equality, health, local government, news, planning, statistics by sally

‘Everyone in the UK should be legally entitled to equal access to nature, wildlife campaigners will tell the government.’

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The Guardian, 21st February 2022

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Fly-tipping: Government plans to tackle ‘new narcotics’ of waste crime – BBC News

Posted January 21st, 2022 in environmental health, government departments, news, waste by sally

‘The government has announced plans to tackle what the head of the Environment Agency has called the “new narcotics” of fly-tipping and waste crime.’

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BBC News, 21st January 2022

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Appeal judges consider legal row over Silverdale ‘stink’ landfill site – The Independent

Posted December 15th, 2021 in appeals, children, environmental health, hazardous substances, health, news, waste by tracey

‘Appeal judges are considering a legal fight centred on a landfill site which locals say gives off noxious gases and stinks.’

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The Independent, 14th December 2021

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Burials, groundwater activities and related surface water discharge activities – Law & Religion UK

‘On 29 September, Defra announced a consultation on proposed amendments to the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 as they apply to groundwater activities and some related surface water discharges.’

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Law & Religion UK, 24th November 2021

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London borough to pay £8k+ after family remained in unsuitable accommodation for 23 months – Local Government Lawyer

‘The London Borough of Newham is to pay more than £8,000 to a mother of four after failing to move her and her family from “overcrowded and hazardous” accommodation for almost two years, following an investigation by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd November 2021

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UK legal group warns of information blackout on sewage discharges – The Guardian

Posted November 23rd, 2021 in disclosure, environmental health, news, waste, water, water companies by sally

‘A legal action group is warning there may be an information blackout on sewage discharges by water companies for years, after the Environment Agency announced an inquiry into more than 2,000 sites.’

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The Guardian, 22nd November 2021

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Zane Gbangbola: Landfill concerns raised before flood death – BBC News

‘Concerns were raised in 2010 over a former landfill site which later became the focus of a dispute over a seven-year-old’s death, it has emerged.’

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BBC news, 22nd November 2021

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What is ecocide and how does it affect our rights? – Each Other

‘Voices from around the world have called for leaders at COP26 to create international law against ‘ecocide’. Lucy Skoulding explores what ecocide means and how existing legislation could be used to prevent it.’

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Each Other, 4th November 2021

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ULEZ: New pollution charge zone to begin in London – BBC News

‘In less than a week, ULEZ will become ULEX. If you live in London and drive an older diesel or petrol car, radical changes are just around the corner.’

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BBC News, 19th October 2021

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Harmful emissions and human rights duties – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 13th, 2021 in children, environmental health, health, human rights, local government, news, waste by tracey

‘Stephen Tromans QC and Victoria Hutton consider a significant High Court ruling on the duties of the Environment Agency in relation to a landfill site.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th October 2021

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Mother wins court case over Staffordshire landfill site emissions – BBC News

Posted September 17th, 2021 in children, environmental health, government departments, health, news, waste by tracey

‘A mother has won a High Court battle over the regulation of a landfill site accused of emitting noxious gases that risk shortening her son’s life.’

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BBC News, 16th September 2021

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Chertsey: Zane Gbangbola flood death site ‘to be investigated’ – BBC News

‘Investigations at a former landfill site behind a house where a seven-year-old boy died are to take place as soon as possible, councillors have said.’

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BBC News, 15th September 2021

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Research Briefing: Fly-tipping – the illegal dumping of waste – House of Commons Library

Posted August 27th, 2021 in environmental health, local government, news, parliament, waste by tracey

‘This Commons Library briefing paper gives a general overview of the extent of the problem of fly-tipping in England and the powers and responsibilities of the Environment Agency, local authorities and landowners to deal with it. It also sets out recent Government actions to tackle it and proposals for reform.’

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House of Commons Library, 25th August 2021

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Court of Appeal revives “unmanageable” £5bn class action – Legal Futures

‘A decision to strike out an “unmanageable” £5bn group action brought by 200,000 claimants over a dam collapse in Brazil can be appealed, the Court of Appeal has decided.’

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Legal Futures, 28th July 2021

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