Defra has announced that 100% of storm overflows across the water network in England have now been fitted with Event Duration Monitors (EDMs), meeting the ambitious target set by the government to do so by the end of 2023. Event Duration Monitors increase transparency by measuring how, when and for how long a storm overflow […]

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The National Audit Office has published a new report looking at how well-prepared the country is for future extreme weather events. The report sets out how central government coordinates, leads, supports and assures local activity, but does not cover local responses, such as local response plans. It also does not cover arrangements in the devolved […]

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The government has said that a pilot project to replace gas with hydrogen in home heating in the village of Redcar in Yorkshire, will not go ahead as there is not enough adequate low carbon hydrogen available. The “hydrogen village” scheme had been expected to start in 2025, but the decision followed months of protests […]

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Defra and the Environment Agency have published new guidance on when to use hydrological and hydraulic modelling as part of a flood risk assessment for a planning application, and the expected standards. It includes modelling standards, information needs, methodologies, climate change allowances, impact on off-site flood risk, quality assurance, uncertainty, reporting and more.

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Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey has quit as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. In a letter to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak this week, she said that “now is the right time to step back from government”. Former insurance company solicitor Steve Barclay is the new Environment Secretary, becoming the fourth postholder […]

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Last week’s news included an investigation by the Guardian suggesting that the Government could abandon Water Framework Directive standards in England. Defra and the Environment Agency have said that the investigation is inaccurate, claiming that no decision to diverge from EU standards on water quality monitoring has been made and stressing a continuing commitment to […]

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Ministers and government departments have a new legal obligation to consider the impact their policies will have on the environment, as the Environmental Principles Policy Statement (EPPS) comes into effect. Under the duty, ministers and policy makers must consider the environmental impact of new policies, following a framework of key principles: The integration principle, which […]

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