Environment (Wales) Bill under discussion

The Environment and Sustainability Committee of the Welsh Assembly met today to consider responses to the public consultation on the Environment (Wales) Bill put forward to the Assembly in May this year by the Minister for Natural Resources, Carl Sargeant. The Environment (Wales) Bill is intended to support environmental protection (alongside the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act) and today’s meeting is the first in a series of committee reviews making up Stage 1. According to the Agenda, it will … Continued

Two more substances added to SVHC Candidate list

In it’s latest round of updates, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has announced two more additions to the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC), bringing the total number of substances on the list to 163 . There is some concern about how easy it will now be to manage the Article 7 and 33 obligations relating to these substances as they are not ‘simple’ substances. The first substance (1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C6-10-alkyl esters; 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, mixed decyl and … Continued

Court of Appeal supports ‘significant’ environmental fines

The Court of Appeal has this week ruled in support of higher penalties in response to environmental offences. In R v Thames Water Utilities Ltd ([2015] EWCA Crim 960) Mr Justice Mitting confirmed that where very large organisations come before the court and are found guilty of committing environmental crimes, they should be subjected to penalties large enough to “bring home to the management and the shareholders the need to protect the environment”. The Court further confirmed that such fines might, … Continued