‘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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Council facing judicial review challenge over approval of plans to double size of poultry farm – Local Government Lawyer

‘A judicial review application has been made against Powys County Council over its decision to grant planning permission for the expansion of a poultry farm that is in the catchment area of a Special Area of Conservation.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th May 2022

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Wetlands protection law delays building of new homes in England – The Guardian

‘A legal requirement that new houses do not pollute nearby wetlands, rivers and nature reserves has halted development across a swath of England.’

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The Guardian, 2nd 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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Solicitors and expert’s “serious trangressions” see evidence thrown out – Legal Futures

Posted March 8th, 2022 in evidence, expert witnesses, news, noise, nuisance, pollution, solicitors by tracey

‘A High Court master has revoked permission for the claimants in a group action to rely on an expert’s evidence because of “serious transgressions” by him and the group’s solicitors.’

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Legal Futures, 8th 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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Bakery handed £26k fine after dishwasher pollutes stream – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 21st, 2022 in environmental protection, fines, local government, news, pollution, Wales, waste, water by sally

‘A Natural Resources Wales (NRW) prosecution has seen a bakery fined for polluting a stream with its dishwasher.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th January 2022

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UK government sued over ‘pie-in-the-sky’ net-zero climate strategy – The Guardian

‘The UK government is being sued over its net zero climate strategy, which lawyers argue illegally fails to include the policies needed to deliver the promised cuts in emissions.’

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The Guardian, 12th January 2022

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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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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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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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Southern Water fined record £90m for dumping raw sewage – BBC News

Posted July 13th, 2021 in fines, news, pollution, waste, water, water companies by tracey

‘Southern Water has been fined a record £90m for deliberately dumping billions of litres of raw sewage into the sea. The company admitted 6,971 illegal spills from 17 sites in Hampshire, Kent and West Sussex between 2010 and 2015.’

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BBC news, 10th July 2021

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Southern Water denies deliberately dumping sewage in coastal waters – BBC News

Posted July 9th, 2021 in news, pollution, waste, water, water companies by tracey

‘Southern Water has denied deliberately dumping raw sewage into seas and rivers on thousands of occasions to avoid investing in its treatment works.’

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BBC News, 8th July 2021

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The cost of air pollution is captured in a child’s smile: it’s time for ‘Ella’s law’ – The Guardian

Posted April 27th, 2021 in bills, children, environmental protection, news, pollution by sally

‘As the family lawyers at Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah’s inquest, we join her mother and the coroner in calling for changes to the environment bill.’

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The Guardian, 26th April 2021

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‘Not a mini-trial’: Supreme Court explains the correct approach in jurisdiction challenges – Littleton Chambers

‘In The Spiliada [1987] AC 460, 465 Lord Templeman hoped that in jurisdiction disputes, “the judge will be allowed to study the evidence and refresh his memory of [the legal principles] in the quiet of his room without expense to the parties; that he will not be referred to other decisions on other facts; and that submissions will be measured in hours and not days.”‘

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Littleton Chambers, 3rd March 2021

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UK broke law by ‘systematically and persistently’ breaching air pollution limits, top court rules – The Independent

Posted March 5th, 2021 in brexit, EC law, environmental health, government departments, news, pollution by tracey

‘The EU’s top court court has ruled that the UK broke the law by “systematically and persistently” breaching air pollution limits.’

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The Independent, 4th March 2021

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Case Note: Município de Mariana & Ors v BHP Group plc, BHP Billiton plc and BHP Group Ltd – Blackstone Chambers

‘This note considers the judgment of Turner J in the Technology and Construction Court of 10 November 2020 in the case of Município de Mariana & Ors v BHP Group plc, BHP Billiton plc and BHP Group Ltd. In that judgment, Turner J struck out a claim by a very large group of claimants for compensation for damage caused by the 2015 collapse of the Fundão Dam in South Eastern Brazil, in which over 40 million cubic metres of tailings washed into the Doce River with massive human, environmental, and economic cost. This note presents the factual background of the case and sets out the most relevant features of the judgment for the practice of mass tort litigation in the multinational context.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 15th February 2021

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Supreme Court Shell ruling “big step forward” for access to justice – Litigation Futures

Posted February 16th, 2021 in choice of forum, class actions, news, oil wells, pollution, Supreme Court by sally

‘Campaigners have welcomed Friday’s Supreme Court ruling on claims brought by the victims of oil pollution in the Niger Delta as a major step forward for those seeking access to justice for corporate abuses.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th February 2021

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