Government given 21 days to explain climate change failures or face legal action – The Independent

Posted April 12th, 2017 in budgets, climate change, delay, energy, government departments, news, pollution by sally

‘Environmental lawyers at campaign group ClientEarth set deadline amid concern over repeated delays to publication of Government’s key plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.’

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The Independent, 11th April 2017

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Thames Water fined £20m for sewage spill – BBC News

Posted March 23rd, 2017 in fines, news, pollution, sewerage, water companies by sally

‘Thames Water has been fined a record £20m after pumping nearly 1.5 billion litres of untreated sewage into the River Thames.’

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BBC News, 22nd March 2017

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MPs launch unprecedented inquiry into air pollution amid Government delay and inaction – The Independent

‘In an unprecedented move, four House of Commons select committees are to investigate the state of air pollution in cities across the country.’

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The Independent, 20th March 2017

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Thousands join UK legal case against VW over emissions scandal – The Guardian

‘More than 35,000 motorists have joined a class action lawsuit against VW in England and Wales over the emissions scandal.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2017

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Councils fail in bid to challenge decision over third runway at Heathrow – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 31st, 2017 in airports, civil procedure rules, local government, news, planning, pollution by sally

‘A High Court judge has rejected a judicial review challenge brought by four local authorities over the Transport Secretary’s decision to back a third runway at Heathrow Airport.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th January 2017

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Companies pay out more than £1.5m for breaking environment laws – The Guardian

Posted January 31st, 2017 in enforcement, environmental protection, fines, news, pollution by sally

‘More than £1.5m will go to projects that help wildlife and the environment as companies pay for breaking green laws, the Environment Agency has said.’

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The Guardian, 30th January 2017

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Southern Water fined record £2m for sewage leak on Kent beaches – The Guardian

Posted December 20th, 2016 in fines, news, pollution, sewerage, water companies by sally

‘Southern Water has been fined a record £2m for flooding beaches in Kent with raw sewage, leaving them closed to the public for nine days.’

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The Guardian, 19th December 2016

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ASA bans ad to remove pollution filters from diesel cars – The Guardian

Posted December 14th, 2016 in advertising, environmental protection, news, pollution, road traffic by sally

‘The rogue practice of removing vital pollution filters from the exhausts of diesel vehicles has suffered a blow with the Advertising Standards Agency for the first time banning an advert for the service.’

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The Guardian, 14th December 2016

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Four councils formally launch legal action over Heathrow expansion – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 12th, 2016 in airports, consultations, local government, news, pollution by sally

‘Four local authorities have formally served legal papers accusing the Government of unlawfully supporting the expansion of Heathrow.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th December 2016

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When the court should look over the shoulder of a decision-maker – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 25th, 2016 in EC law, environmental protection, judicial review, news, pollution by tracey

‘R (ClientEarth No.2) v Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Garnham J, 21 November 2016. A quick follow-up ruling to the judgment of 2 November (here) in which the UK’s air pollution plans under EU and domestic laws were found wanting by the Administrative Court. The pollutant was nitrogen dioxide – a major product of vehicle exhaust fumes.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd November 2016

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Council right to seek injunction against vegetable processing plant: judge – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 8th, 2016 in costs, injunctions, local government, news, nuisance, pollution by sally

‘It was reasonable for a council to apply for an interim injunction against a company over allegations of a bad odour from its vegetable processing plant, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd November 2016

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High Court judge quashes DEFRA air quality plan over non-compliance – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 7th, 2016 in environmental protection, news, pollution by sally

‘A High Court judge has this week quashed the Government’s Air Quality Plan 2015 over its failure to bring the UK into compliance with the law “as soon as possible”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd November 2016

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UK Government has breached air pollution laws and failed to take enough action on emissions, High Court rules – The Independent

‘The High Court has ruled against the Government over its failure to tackle illegal air pollution.’

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The Independent, 2nd November 2016

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Farm owners fined over ‘Stoulton Stink’ after council wins High Court appeal – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 25th, 2016 in appeals, costs, fines, local government, news, pollution by michael

‘The owners of a farm responsible for a smell known as the “Stoulton Stink” have been sentenced this month, after a district council successfully appealed in the summer to the High Court.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th October 2016

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Air quality law in the United Kingdom at a crossroads – OUP Blog

Posted October 3rd, 2016 in EC law, environmental protection, news, pollution by sally

‘UK air quality law now finds itself at a crossroads. Air quality law is a well-established area of environmental law, having been at the vanguard of much of it. It is a well-established area across multiple levels of governance, with local and national regulation in the UK operating against a backdrop of binding EU standards and an international law framework for transboundary air pollution (the 1979 Geneva Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP)). This multilevel body of law highlights that air pollution is a problem that has many sources – local, transboundary, stationary, mobile, manmade, natural – which act and interact via complex pollution pathways, leading to a range of regulatory responses within and beyond jurisdictional boundaries.’

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OUP Blog, 3rd October 2016

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High Court rejects judicial review challenge of Greenwich cruise liner terminal planning permission – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 16th, 2016 in news, planning, pollution, ships by sally

‘A High Court Judge has rejected a judicial review challenge to overturn the proposal for a cruise liner terminal at Enderby Wharf, London.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th August 2016

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Leigh Day “breached duty” to thousands of Trafigura claimants who did not receive share of £30m settlement – Legal Futures

Posted June 17th, 2016 in compensation, law firms, negligence, news, pollution by tracey

‘Leading group action law firm Leigh Day has been found guilty of professional negligence after 6,624 of the claimants it represented in the high-profile Trafigura case were not paid their share of the £30m settlement.’

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Legal Futures, 17th June 2016

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UK government spent £105,000 in legal fees on lost air pollution case – The Guardian

‘The government spent at least £105,000 in legal costs while fighting and losing a court challenge over illegal levels of air pollution, according to data released through freedom of information rules, and now faces further bills from a new case it is contesting.’

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The Guardian, 11th May 2016

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UK government faces second court battle over air pollution plans – The Guardian

‘The UK government is to be sued in the high court over its air pollution plans, just a year after losing at the supreme court and being ordered to fulfil its legal duty to cut pollution rapidly.’

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The Guardian, 28th April 2016

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UK faces fresh legal challenge over weak plans to tackle air pollution – The Guardian

Posted March 18th, 2016 in appeals, EC law, environmental health, news, pollution, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The government faces a new legal challenge to force it to speed up and improve measures to tackle air pollution in British cities. Environmental law group ClientEarth has asked the high court to urgently review the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (Defra) latest plans to meet EU targets on the toxic gas NO2 which is emitted from vehicles and industry and is thought to kill about 25,000 people in the UK a year.’

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The Guardian, 18th March 2016

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