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Murky waters: record £90 million fine for dumping sewage

19 Jul 2021
A record £90 million fine has been imposed on Southern Water after pleading guilty to over 6000 illegal discharges of sewage and 51 breaches of environmental law. The illegal discharges occurred between 2010 and 2015 (over multiple sites), a total of 61,704 hours. To give this some context, this is the equivalent of 7 years continuous illegal discharge. This follows a fine of £2 million imposed on Southern Water in 2016 in relation to the pollution of beaches in Kent with untreated sewage. 

Support for low-carbon vehicle innovation as new funding initiative announced

18 Aug 2016
Up to £25 million in research and development funding is available to aid projects developing low carbon automotive technologies and increased supply chain capacity. The latest grant funding competition, delivered in partnership between the Advanced Propulsion Centre UK (the APC), the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Innovate UK, is open for registration until noon on Wednesday 14 September 2016 with applications to be submitted before noon on Wednesday 21 September.

Brexit: the direction of environment policy and law

16 May 2016
The need for countries to respond to the challenges of climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, resource scarcity, waste management and biodiversity depletion has developed during the UK's membership of what is now the EU. The vast majority of environmental legislation in the UK derives from the EU, although not all of it does so (see for example the Climate Change Act 2008 and the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009).

Brexit, manufacturing and the environment

20 Mar 2016
The post-BREXIT outlook for manufacturing will depend very much on the replacement trading agreements negotiated with the EU and other nations. Given the very real issues of global and national concern in respect of climate change, resource availability and pollution, and the significant improvements in the UK environment and economy since the 1970s/80s when the UK was known as 'the dirty man of Europe', it is unlikely that the UK jurisdictions would seek to dismantle much of the environmental regulatory framework that has secured so much of these improvements. However, the majority of this has been built during UK membership of the EU and new legislation would be needed in all UK jurisdictions to avoid legal vacuums in environmental law following revocation of the European Communities Act 1972.