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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UK’s Environment Agency faces legal fight over landfill fumes – The Guardian

Posted July 7th, 2021 in environmental health, government departments, health, news, waste by sally

‘A five-year-old boy from Staffordshire has begun legal action against the Environment Agency over fumes from a landfill site that a medical expert has said is shortening his life expectancy.’

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The Guardian, 6th July 2021

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No more reward without risk – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 2nd, 2021 in contracting out, local government, news, pensions, waste by tracey

‘Nigel Bolton and Philip Woolham look at the lessons to be learned from an important High Court judgment for local authorities and contractors on pension exit credits.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd July 2021

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Prosecution sees pub and landlord fined for “sewer abuse” – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 23rd, 2021 in coronavirus, fines, licensed premises, news, sewerage, waste by sally

‘A pub and its landlord have been fined more than £16,000 for allowing cooking fat and oil to enter a town’s sewer network, in a landmark case brought by Thames Water.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 22nd March 2021

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Tough new rules aim to make electrical goods last longer – The Guardian

‘Tougher rules are being introduced to make appliances such as fridges, washing machines and TVs cheaper to run and last longer, the government has said.’

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The Guardian, 10th March 2021

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Fly-tipping: Licensing system failing to stop dumping, Panorama finds – BBC News

Posted February 22nd, 2021 in enforcement, government departments, licensing, local government, news, waste by tracey

‘A BBC Panorama investigation has revealed how the government’s licensing system for waste carriers fails to stop fly-tipping. All businesses that transport and dispose of waste in England have to be licensed with the Environment Agency.
But there are few checks on who gets a licence and BBC Panorama found licensed firms can still be involved in the dumping of rubbish.’

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BBC News, 22nd February 2021

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Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

‘In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Charles Morgan, Noémi Byrd and Mark Davies consider a recent case involving the application of Energy National Policy Statements to nationally significant infrastructure projects, developments on legislation to curb sewage overflows and further delays for the Environment Bill.’

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Six Pump Court, 5th February 2021

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Three victims of trafficking and modern slavery to sue Biffa – The Guardian

Posted January 14th, 2021 in forced labour, news, trafficking in human beings, victims, waste by tracey

‘Three victims of trafficking and modern slavery who were subcontracted to sort rubbish for the national waste and recycling firm Biffa Waste Services are to launch legal proceedings to sue the firm for damages.’

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The Guardian, 14th January 2021

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The cost of wrongly alleging breach of good faith: Part 36 offers and indemnity costs – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 30th, 2020 in contracts, damages, local government, news, part 36 offers, waste by sally

‘A High Court judge’s decisions in a multi-million pound dispute between a council and a waste company are helpful in understanding the Court’s approach to duties of good faith – and the consequences of making allegations of bad faith without sufficient evidence, write Judith Hopper and Rory Budworth.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th October 2020

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Plastic straw ban in England comes into force – BBC News

Posted October 1st, 2020 in environmental protection, news, waste by sally

‘A ban on single-use plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds has come into force in England.’

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BBC News, 1st October 2020

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Coalition calls for new laws to end sewage discharges into UK waters – The Guardian

Posted September 30th, 2020 in bills, environmental protection, news, pollution, statistics, waste, water, water companies by sally

‘A coalition of river and sea organisations is calling for targets for water companies to reduce sewage discharges to be included in the upcoming environment bill.’

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The Guardian, 28th September 2020

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Court of Appeal dismisses legal challenge over confiscation orders and costs of removing contaminated waste – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 28th, 2020 in appeals, confiscation, Crown Court, environmental health, news, notification, waste by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has rejected a case in which two men argued that a Crown Court judge miscalculated confiscation orders made following a prosecution by the Environment Agency.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th August 2020

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Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

Posted June 4th, 2020 in coronavirus, environmental protection, news, waste, water by sally

‘In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Charles Morgan, Christopher Badger and Mark Davies consider a Court of Appeal case on the meaning of exempt waste operations, a new report on financing energy efficient buildings and the impact of COVID-19 on the aqueous environment.’

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Six Pump Court, 26th May 2020

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Don’t put it in writing! Problems in store for Local Authority Environmental Crime – St Philips Barristers

‘Joint Deputy Head of St Philips Regulatory Team, Ben Mills gives his expert analysis of Walker v Chelmsford City Council [2020] EWHC 635 (Admin) and its consideration of s108 (4) Environment Act 1995.’

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St Philips Barristers, 7th May 2020

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Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

Posted February 26th, 2020 in chambers articles, environmental protection, housing, news, nuisance, privacy, waste, water by sally

‘In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Charles Morgan, Gordon Wignall and Natasha Hausdorff consider recent flooding events in the UK, the Tate Gallery viewing platform case and the rise in fly-tipping and organised crime.’

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Six Pump Court, 19th February 2020

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Court of Appeal provides guidance on “borough-wide” injunctions – No. 5 Chambers

‘Bromley LBC had secured a without notice interim injunction in the High Court which prohibited encampment and entry/occupation in relation to all accessible public spaces in the Borough except cemeteries and highways. These amounted to 139 parks, recreation grounds or open spaces, and 32 public car parks. Although the injunction was against “persons unknown”, it was widely understood that the injunction was aimed at the Gypsy and Traveller community.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 12th February 2020

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Fly-tipping: Organised crime behind large rise – BBC News

Posted February 13th, 2020 in gangs, local government, news, penalties, waste by tracey

‘Organised criminal gangs are being blamed for the continued rise of large fly-tipping incidents across England.’

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BBC News, 13th February 2020

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Green Space borough-wide preventative injunctions: the view from the Court of Appeal – Local Government Lawyer

‘Steven Woolf examines the Court of Appeal’s recent decision and guidance on Green Space borough-wide preventative injunctions.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th February 2020

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Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

Posted January 29th, 2020 in agriculture, bills, climate change, environmental protection, news, waste by sally

‘In this latest Environmental Law News Update Christopher Badger considers a new report from the Committee on Climate Change, progress of the Agriculture Bill and a briefing paper from DEFRA putting plastic waste back on the agenda.’

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Six Pump Court, 28th January 2020

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