Demolition and construction of sports pavilion does not require EIA screening opinion, says High Court judge – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 18th, 2012 in environmental health, news, planning by sally

“The demolition of an existing sports pavilion and the construction of a new one is not an urban development project and does not require a screening opinion to determine if an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is needed, a High Court judge has ruled.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th October 2012

Source: www.out-law.com

All about killing badgers – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 1st, 2012 in animals, appeals, environmental health, judicial review, news by sally

“It is impossible to drive through the narrow and high-hedged lanes of Herefordshire without coming across the sad and inevitable outcome of car meeting badger. One estimate is that we may lose as many as 50,000 badgers a year this way. But this case is about whether we should kill a lot more badgers – deliberately.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 28th September 2012

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Pioneer Hi Bred Italia Srl v Ministero delle Politiche agricole alimentari e forestali – WLR Daily

Posted September 10th, 2012 in agriculture, EC law, environmental health, food, law reports by tracey

Pioneer Hi Bred Italia Srl v Ministero delle Politiche agricole alimentari e forestali: (Case C-36/11);   [2012] WLR (D)  262

“The cultivation of genetically modified organisms such as the MON 810 maize varieties could not be made subject to a national authorisation procedure when the use and marketing of those varieties were authorised pursuant to article 20 of Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 of 22 September 2003 on genetically modified food and feed and where those varieties had been accepted for inclusion in the common catalogue provided for in Council Directive 2002/53/EC of 13 June 2002 on the common catalogue of varieties of agricultural plant species as amended by Regulation No 1829/2003.”

WLR Daily, 6th September 2012

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

A tinge of green in our Bill of Rights? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted August 20th, 2012 in EC law, environmental health, environmental protection, human rights, news by sally

“Amidst the root and branch opposition to socio-economic rights from some quarters, the idea that the Bill of Rights might contain an environmental right seems to have got lost in the smoke of this rather unedifying battle. The July 2012 Consultation on a Bill of Rights summarises the rival contentions well.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 17th August 2012

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Court to force clean up of UK’s air pollution – The Independent

Posted July 16th, 2012 in EC law, environmental health, government departments, news, pollution by sally

“The Government faces a Supreme Court action this week demanding that it slash air pollution levels by 2015. Lawyers acting for the environmental charity ClientEarth are making a legal challenge to force the coalition to cut levels of lethal nitrogen dioxide (NO2) to within European Commission limits.”

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The Independent, 15th July 2012

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Does a risk of an explosion engage Article 8? – UK Human Rights Blog

“This Strasbourg decision is the end of a long saga. Our applicants Hardy and Maile lived near proposed Liquified Natural Gas terminals at Milford Haven. In 2003 and 2004, an oil refiner obtained various consents to enable the LNG to be imported, and the applicants challenged them in the domestic courts. But the image, and the identity of its participants, will tell you that the LNG started to arrive. But Alison Hardy and Rodney Maile were not easily deflected, and after a long battle through the domestic courts ended up in the Strasbourg Court.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 15th February 2012

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Mega pig-farm could breach human rights, council warned – The Guardian

Posted February 13th, 2012 in agriculture, environmental health, human rights, news, planning by sally

“Controversial plans to build a US-style mega pig-farm in South Derbyshire close to a prison and residential housing pose serious health risks to those living and working there and could breach their legal rights to protection of their private and family life, the local council is being warned.”

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The Guardian, 10th February 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

List of specialist regulatory advocates in health and safety and environmental law and appointment of Standing Counsel (Unified List) – The Bar Council

“In November, it was announced that the Attorney General had agreed that the Unified List in its current form should draw to a close and that new arrangements would be taken forward by individual departments rather than under the auspices of the Attorney General’s office. On 31 March 2012 the Attorney General’s Unified List of Prosecuting Advocates will come to an end. The Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency and Office of Rail Regulation wish to appoint a list of advocates to conduct their higher court prosecution work and other regulatory advocacy. HSE and ORR also each wish to appoint two Standing Counsel.”

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The Bar Council, 8th February 2012

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Thousands of officials should lose right to enter your home without a warrant, peers say – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 7th, 2012 in environmental health, news, powers of entry, social services, warrants by sally

“Thousands of ‘faceless’ officials should lose the right to gain entry to people’s homes without a warrant, under legal changes demanded by the House of Lords tonight.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th February 2012

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Defra to issue new guidelines for building on polluted land – The Guardian

Posted February 7th, 2012 in contamination, environmental health, news, planning, pollution by sally

“Building on land contaminated by industrial pollution or even asbestos will be made easier after government regulations are published today, experts claim.”

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The Guardian, 7th February 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Asbos ban Trowbridge pensioners from feeding pigeons – BBC News

Posted January 11th, 2012 in ASBOs, birds, environmental health, news, public interest by sally

“Two pensioners have been given anti-social behaviour orders (Asbos) stopping them feeding pigeons in Trowbridge for five years.”

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BBC News, 10th January 2012

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Spitting ban bids to turn back the clock – The Independent

Posted October 10th, 2011 in environmental health, news by sally

“A council is attempting to outlaw spitting in public little more than 20 years after a national ban on the practice was lifted.”

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The Independent, 8th October 2011

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Sibsey poultry farm Moy Park fined for chicken smells – BBC News

Posted March 25th, 2011 in agriculture, environmental health, fines, news, pollution by sally

“A Lincolnshire poultry farm has been fined for allowing ‘nauseating’ smells to affect nearby residents.”

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BBC News, 24th March 2011

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Takeaway manager jailed over Wrexham E.coli cases – BBC News

Posted February 11th, 2011 in environmental health, food hygiene, news, sentencing by sally

“A former Wrexham takeaway operator has been jailed for eight months and banned from running food businesses after admitting hygiene offences which led to an E. coli outbreak.”

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BBC News, 9th February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Polytunnels could become widespread after court ruling – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 27th, 2011 in environmental health, news by sally

“Polytunnels could become widespread in the English countryside after the Court of Appeal allowed their use in an area of outstanding natural beauty, conservationists fear.”

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Daily Telegraph, 27th January 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Clay company fined for polluting Dartmoor stream – BBC News

“A clay company has been fined for polluting a stream on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon.”

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BBC News, 9th July 2010

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KFC fined after cockroach seen eating chip – The Guardian

Posted May 10th, 2010 in environmental health, food hygiene, news by sally

“Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) has been ordered to pay out almost £19,000 after a cockroach was found eating a chip in one of the busiest branches in Britain.”

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The Guardian, 10th May 2010

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Parents sue over E.coli outbreak – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 30th, 2010 in environmental health, hospitals, news by sally

“Families are suing a hospital where two babies died following an E.coli outbreak after it emerged that staff may have spread the infection by not washing their hands.”

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Daily Telegraph, 30th 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Legal action prepared over E.coli – BBC News

Posted October 30th, 2009 in environmental health, local government, news by sally

“Wrexham Council has said it is preparing to take legal action following an outbreak of E.coli which affected four people earlier this year.”

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BBC News, 29th October 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Meat firm fined over beck spill – BBC News

Posted October 23rd, 2009 in environmental health, fines, news, pollution, water by sally

“A meat processing company in Lincolnshire has been fined £10,000 after ammonia escaped into a stream and killed 100 fish.”

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BBC News, 23rd October 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk