frESH Law Horizons: Key Developments in UK and EU Environment, Safety and Health Law, Procedure and Policy

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    Our Environmental, Safety & Health team is pleased to share with you the latest edition of our monthly newsletter, frESH Law Horizons: Key Developments in UK & EU Environment, Safety and Health Law and Procedure; providing bite-size updates on EU and UK law, procedure and policy.

    This month’s edition includes the following:

    • BUPA was fined £3 million after pleading guilty to a breach at a care home.
    • Falkirk-based food producer was fined following failure to ensure sufficient segregation between a forklift truck and its employees.
    • The Sentencing Council consults on a general guideline for offences not covered by specific guidance.
    • New offence of supplying a vehicle with a device to circumvent emissions tests.
    • New laws to restrict drones flying above 400 feet and within 1 kilometre of airport boundaries.
    • Impact assessment of Fraud, Bribery and Money Laundering Offences Definitive Guideline is published by the Sentencing Council.
    • Circular Economy Task Force presents a report that recycled plastic could supply nearly three-quarters of UK demand.
    • European Commission adopts proposal for Horizon Europe, the (ninth) Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
    • EU environment ministers in the Council of the European Union adopt conclusions, which primarily react to the European Commission’s Plastics Strategy and the Interface between Chemical, Product and Waste legislation
    • European Parliament’s Environment Committee (ENVI) discusses Rapporteur Julie Girling’s (EPP, UK) draft report on the European Commission’s proposal for a recast of the Regulation on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) 850/2004.
    • Commission Regulation 2018/831 amends Regulation 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food.
    • ECHA add eight new substances of very high concern (SVHC) to the Candidate List following the identification by the ECHA Member State Committee (MSC).
    • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) publishes a consultation on reducing nitrogen dioxide air pollution in 33 English local authorities.
    • Ten families from Europe, Kenya and Fiji have reportedly filed legal actions against the EU over global warming threats to their homes and livelihoods
    • Defra launches a review of serious and organised crime in the waste sector.
    • House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee holds evidence session regarding future of REACH regulations post-Brexit.