Environmental law insights

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Government launches consultation on Judicial Review reform

On the 18th of March, the Government opened a consultation on proposed measures aimed at reforming Judicial Review. The consultation comes after the publication of the Independent Review of Administrative Law (IRAL), which considered the options for reforming the process of Judicial Review (JR).

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The EA criticises ‘really expensive lawyers’ who challenge enforcement action

On 19th January, there was a formal meeting of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRA) to hear oral evidence on the work of the Environment Agency (EA). Evidence on behalf of the EA was presented by its Chair, Emma Howard Boyd and its Chief Executive, Sir James Bevan. Among the issues addressed in the meeting was the EA’s flood response, its ability to meet its targets, the provision of resources for enforcement activities, and its future relationship with the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP).

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The impact of COVID-19 on the waste industry

Throughout the pandemic, waste industry workers have been recognised as key workers and have worked hard to keep waste services running. This has proved to be a challenge, and early this month the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT) announced it was resuming its fortnightly surveys on waste services from 1st February.

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Environment Bill postponed

On 26th January, the Government confirmed that the Environment Bill will be paused until the next Parliamentary session, which will commence in May 2021. The Bill was due to enter the House of Commons report stage on 26th January before moving to the House of Lords, however, due to delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, concerns were raised that there is not enough parliamentary time left in the current session to progress the Bill.

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EA provides guidance on FPP alternative measures

On 11th January, the Environment Agency published updated guidance on alternative measures under fire prevention plans (FPP). What constitutes alternative measures has been a hotly debated subject within the industry and we have previously written about the apparent difficulty officers on the ground have had in assessing the suitability of measures proposed by operators as satisfying the three objectives of the guidance.

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