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Lexis®PSL Environment weekly highlights—16 February 2017

Published on: 16 February 2017
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Lexis®PSL Environment weekly highlights—16 February 2017
  • In this issue:
  • Renewables—Draft strategy sets out vision for low carbon Scotland
  • Water pollution—Water company in deep water over unlawful sewage discharge
  • Headlines (News updates & analysis)
  • Air pollution—EU to review air pollution prevention measures and final warning issued to the UK and four other EU countries
  • Brexit—Protecting environmental safeguards in the face of Brexit
  • Chemicals—Fast-track approval needed for low-risk pesticides, say MEPs
  • Electricity Market Reform—Capacity Market
  • Emissions trading—EU ETS revision supported by European Parliament
  • More...

Article summary

Welcome to the weekly highlights from the Lexis®PSL Environment team for the week ending 16 February 2017. This week’s highlights includes feature articles relating to the recently published draft Scottish Energy Strategy and a £2 million fine imposed on Southern Water for water pollution offences. We also include news items relating to an EU review of air pollution prevention measures, a final warning issued to the UK and other EU countries over air pollution, the House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee report on protecting environmental safeguards in the face of Brexit, calls for fast track approval for low risk pesticides, updates relating to the Electricity Market Reform and the Capacity Market, European Parliament support for revision to the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EUETS), new guidance for monitoring bioaerosols at regulated facilities, two updates concerning environmental reporting, an update relating to the Health and Safety Executive’s cost dispute process, an award of damages to an employee for work-related asbestos injuries and proposals to amend Annex II of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL Convention). We also include items on a new Lloyds Register report on nuclear power, publication of the civil nuclear cyber security strategy, update to guidance on geological disposal of waste, a study finding that renewable energy subsidies may be unnecessary post 2020, proposals for a change to the support for biomass-Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant offered under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, publication of new guidance on farmland sewage sludge, the Department for Transport (DfT’s) new powers over low emission vehicles and plans to tackle greenhouse gas emissions from road freight, agreement for amended EU type approval rules for vehicles following the Volkswagen emission scandal, new guidance for licensees applying for consent for hydraulic fracturing and a £500,000 fine imposed on a waste company for leachate offences. In addition we cover relevant updates from other practice areas and include updates from our consultation and legislation trackers. We have also updated several of our Practice Notes following recent changes to the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) relating to Aarhus Convention claims. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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