Log burner rule change in England could land users with £300 fines – BBC News

Posted February 2nd, 2023 in energy, fines, news, pollution by sally

‘Households in England face fines of up to £300 and even criminal records if they flout new log burner rules.’

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BBC News, 1st February 2023

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Claimants say Government sewage overflow plan contrary to ancient common law rights in pre-action letter – Local Government Lawyer

‘A surfer and an oyster supplier have joined with the Good Law Project to threaten a judicial review of a Government plan they argue will allow the discharge of untreated sewage into water bodies to continue for decades, breaching their “ancient” common law rights under the Public Trust Doctrine (PTD).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st October 2022

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The four new driving laws now in force across the UK – The Independent

Posted October 13th, 2022 in news, pollution, road safety, road traffic, telecommunications by tracey

‘Motorists have been urged to be familiar with new driving laws that have been rolled out, including stricter rules against the use of mobile phones.’

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The Independent, 13th October 2022

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Conservationists seek judicial review of UK sewage discharge plan – The Guardian

‘The UK government’s plan to cut millions of hours of raw sewage discharges by water companies each year is facing a judicial review on the grounds that it is unlawful.’

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The Guardian, 31st August 2022

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The Government’s Net Zero Strategy Ruled ‘Unlawful’ – Each Other

‘In a landmark victory, the High Court has ruled in favour of Friends of The Earth, ClientEarth and the Good Law Project, who took the Government to court over its Net Zero Strategy. Now that the policy has been deemed unlawful, the government must revise its strategy and lay out a credible plan for meeting emissions targets.’

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Each Other, July 2022

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Court orders UK government to explain how net zero policies will reach targets – The Guardian

‘The high court has ordered the government to outline exactly how its net zero policies will achieve emissions targets, after a legal challenge from environmental groups.’

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The Guardian, 18th July 2022

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“No claim is unmanageable”: Court of Appeal reinstates huge group action – Legal Futures

Posted July 11th, 2022 in appeals, class actions, damages, foreign jurisdictions, news, pollution by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has reinstated a £5bn claim that a High Court judge struck out because it risked becoming “the largest white elephant in the history of group actions”.’

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Legal Futures, 11th July 2022

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Court of Appeal upholds High Court decision limiting private law actions in pollution disputes – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has confirmed a judgment of the High Court that affected parties do not have a right to bring private law actions against water companies over unauthorised discharges of sewage.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th June 2022

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Davidstow Cathedral City cheese firm pollution fine – BBC News

Posted June 24th, 2022 in environmental protection, fines, food, news, pollution by tracey

‘One of the UK’s biggest cheddar cheese suppliers has been fined more than £1.5m after admitting a host of pollution and odour charges.’

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BBC News, 23rd June 2022

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Government retracts ‘unlawful’ pollution guidance for England’s farms – The Guardian

‘Guidance that would have allowed farmers to spread manures and slurry on land in a way that would overload it with nutrients and risk pollution of rivers, lakes and coastal waters has been changed by Defra, after a challenge over its lawfulness.’

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The Guardian , 20th June 2022

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‘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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