Government presses ahead with planning shake-up – The Independent

Posted November 6th, 2007 in environmental protection, news, planning by sally

“The Government today confirmed its commitment to pressing ahead with reforms to the planning system which have attracted criticism from green groups.”

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The Independent, 6th November 2007

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Bill signals legally-binding emissions targets – The Independent

Posted November 6th, 2007 in carbon dioxide emissions, climate change, environmental protection, news by sally

“The Queen’s Speech includes a Climate Change Bill which would make the UK the first country in the world to introduce legally-binding targets for emissions cuts.”

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The Independent, 6th November 2007

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National Trust in houses land row – BBC News

Posted November 5th, 2007 in environmental protection, housing, news by sally

“The National Trust has said it would fight the government to protect the countryside from housing development.”

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BBC News, 3rd November 2007

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Government accused over emissions bill – The Guardian

Posted October 30th, 2007 in carbon dioxide emissions, climate change, environmental protection, news by sally

“Green groups and opposition politicians rounded on the government yesterday for not imposing tighter limits on carbon emissions in its amendment to the climate change bill – and claimed that airlines and shipping firms, two of the biggest polluters, had been let off the hook.”

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The Guardian, 30th October 2007

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United Utilities Water plc v Environment Agency for England and Wales – Times Law Reports

Posted October 26th, 2007 in environmental protection, law reports, waste by sally

Permit required for intermediate treatment

United Utilities Water plc v Environment Agency for England and Wales

House of Lords

“The requirement for a permit in order to operate waste water plants, where the treatment resulted in nonhazardous waste being discarded, applied to installations where intermediate treatment took place prior to transportation to another site for final treatment and disposal.”

The Times, 26th October 2007

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Govt. reforms of planning laws ‘likely illegal’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 23rd, 2007 in environmental protection, news, planning by sally

“Proposals to force through major developments such as airports or nuclear power stations by limiting the scope for public objections are likely to be ruled illegal, lawyers have warned the Government.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd October 2007

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United Utilities Water plc v Environment Agency for England and Wales – WLR Daily

Posted October 18th, 2007 in environmental protection, law reports, waste by sally

United Utilities Water plc v Environment Agency for England and Wales [2007] UKHL 41

“The requirement for a permit to operate waste water treatment plants which disposed of non-hazardous water waste applied to plants where intermediate treatment took place prior to its transportation to another installation for further treatment and disposal. The House of Lords so held in dismissing an appeal by United Utilities Water plc against the decision of the Court of Appeal (Sir Anthony Clarke, MR, Laws and Smith LJJ) [2006] EWCA Civ 633 upholding an order of Nelson J that United Utilities required a permit from the Environment Agency for England and Wales for sludge treatment plants at Bolton, Davyhulme and Widnes.”

WLR Daily, 17th October 2007

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Watchdog sees red and tells companies to come clean when they try to go green – The Times

Posted October 8th, 2007 in advertising, environmental protection, news by sally

“A clampdown on fake and exaggerated ‘green’ claims has been launched by Britain’s advertising watchdog after a flurry of complaints about unsubstantiated environmental boasts by some of the world’s best-known companies.”

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The Times, 8th October 2007

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Climate bill nearing completion – Reuters

Posted August 16th, 2007 in environmental protection, news by sally

“The government is likely to put forward legislation within three months to cut carbon emissions by at least 60 percent in the fight against global warming, environmentalists said on Wednesday.”

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Reuters, 15th August 2007

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National Trust (Northern Ireland) Act 2007

Posted August 7th, 2007 in environmental protection, historic buildings, legislation by sally

National Trust (Northern Ireland) Act 2007  published

Full text of Act

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Tougher carbon targets law urged – BBC News

Posted August 3rd, 2007 in environmental protection, news by sally

“The government’s proposals to tackle climate change need to be tougher and legally enforceable, say MPs and peers.”

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BBC News, 3rd August 2007

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Regina (Tree and Wildlife Action Committee Ltd.) v. Forestry Commissioners and Another – Times Law Reports

Posted July 17th, 2007 in environmental protection, forestry, law reports by sally

Impact of development

Regina (Tree and Wildlife Action Committee Ltd.) v. Forestry Commissioners and Another

Queen’s Bench Division

“When deciding whether an environmental impact assessment was required in relation to a proposed development involving deforestation, the Forestry Commissioners should have considered the effect of the development as well as the effect of the deforestation.”

The Times, 17th July 2007

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R (OSS Group Ltd) v Environment Agency – Times Law Reports

Posted July 6th, 2007 in environmental protection, law reports, waste by sally

Waste Directive does not cover old lubricating oil used as fuel

R (OSS Group Ltd) v. Environment Agency

Court of Appeal

“Lubricating oil collected after use and processed into fuel oil for burning could cease to be waste before it was burnt.”

The Times, 6th July 2007

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MPs urge emissions law – The Guardian

Posted July 4th, 2007 in environmental protection, news by sally

“Setting a legally binding cut in carbon dioxide will strengthen the Government’s resolve to achieve the target and provide much-needed investor confidence, an all-party group of MPs said.

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The Guardian, 4th July 2007

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New e-waste recycling laws begin – BBC News

Posted July 2nd, 2007 in environmental protection, news by sally

“A much-delayed law that makes British producers and importers of electronic goods responsible for the recycling of their products has come into force.”

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BBC News, 1st July 2007

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R (National Grid Gas plc) v. Environment Agency – WLR Daily

Posted June 29th, 2007 in environmental protection, law reports, utilities by sally

R (National Grid Gas plc) v. Environment Agency

“A private company which had taken over the assets and liabilities of the state-owned British Gas Corporation in 1986 was not liable under legislation enacted in 1995 for the cost of removing contamination from land at a former gasworks which had been sold for housing in 1965.”

WLR Daily, 27th June 2007

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Regina (National Grid Gas plc) v. Environment Agency – Times Law Reports

Posted June 28th, 2007 in environmental protection, law reports, utilities by sally

Successor to polluter not liable under later law

Regina (National Grid Gas plc) v Environment Agency

House of Lords

“A private company which had succeeded the state-owned British Gas in 1986 was not liable under legislation enacted in 1995 for the cost of removing contamination from land at a former gasworks which had been sold for housing in 1965.”

The Times, 28th June 2007

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House of Lords backs utility appeal – Financial Times

Posted June 28th, 2007 in environmental protection, news, utilities by sally

“Utility companies and their shareholders breathed more easily on Wednesday when Britain’s top court ruled that they were not liable for certain environmental liabilities – including site clean-up costs – of their predecessor entities.”

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Financial Times, 27th June 2007

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Gangs moving into environment crime – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 7th, 2007 in environmental protection, news by sally

“International crime syndicates are making fortunes out of environmental and wildlife crime, a watchdog group claims.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th June 2007

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Beach walk that could cost author £2000 – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 3rd, 2007 in environmental protection, news by sally

“One of Britain’s best-selling authors is facing a £2,000 fine after he grabbed some pebbles from a South Coast beach.”

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Source: www.telegraph.co.uk