The following Environment guidance note Produced in partnership with Craig Burman of Schofield Sweeney provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this content.
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Before 2008, environmental controls were set out in a number of acts and statutory instruments. Since 6 April 2008, the following regulatory regimes have been brought within the current environmental permitting regime:
the Integrated Pollution Prevention Control Directive 2008/1/EC and the Industrial Emissions Directive 2010/75/EC
waste management licensing
the Mining Waste Directive 2006/21/EC
permitting aspects of the Batteries Directive 2006/66/EC
water discharge consents and flood defence consents which were previously dealt with under Water Resources Act 1991
the groundwater permitting system previously dealt with under Groundwater (England and Wales) Regulations 2009, SI 2009/2902
regulation of radioactive substances, previously dealt with under Radioactive Substances Act 1993
solvent emissions, previously dealt with under a number of directives including the Intergrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive 2008/1/EC, the Waste Incineration Directive 2000/76/EC and the Solvent Emissions Directive 1999/13/EC
On 1 January 2017, the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (EPR 2016), SI 2016/1154 came into
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