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.

    The updates covered in this month’s edition include (among others):

    • The government has published its COVID-19 summer 2021 road map for England, and updated step 4 working safely guidance.
    • Company is fined £910,000 after a self-employed lorry driver is killed while making a delivery.
    • Cinema chain is fined £750,000 after a man is killed by a reclining seat.
    • The UK and the EU have agreed to extend the Northern Ireland Protocol grace period for chilled meat products to 30 September 2021.
    • Court of Appeal held litigation privilege is still maintained even if a third party had misled as to the purpose of their information request.
    • Manufacturing company is fined (including under REACH) after workers are exposed to asbestos.
    • Waste and recycling sector commits to tackling modern slavery.
    • Health & Safety Executive announces an increase in worker deaths on the day the English football team competed in the semi-final of the Euros.
    • The Food Standards Agency publishes its revised Food Law Code of Practice.
    • DEFRA and Natural England launch the biodiversity metric.
    • Draft UK REACH amendment regulations have been issued and the HSE has also announced the opening of Lead Registrant functionality in UK REACH.
    • Amendments made to the UK law on waste shipments.
    • BEIS consults on strengthening the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme.
    • Record £90 million fine for Southern Water following an EA prosecution.
    • Environment Agency Waste quality protocols review.
    • UK government publishes the Transport Decarbonisation Plan, consults on ending the sale of new non-zero emission HGVs, and issues a Green Paper on a new road vehicle CO2 emissions regulatory framework.
    • New guidance is issued on best available techniques for carbon capture.
    • Government consults on the technical details of plastic packaging tax.
    • DEFRA is consulting on the establishment of an “environmental review”.
    • Biffa Waste Services Ltd has been fined £1.5 million for illegal waste exports.
    • Royal Dutch Shell plc has confirmed that it will appeal the Dutch carbon emission ruling.
    • European Commission proposes a landmark “Fit for 55” package of climate and energy legislation.
    • European countries announce their intention to restrict PFAS.
    • New waste gas BREF for the chemical sector.
    • European Commission proposes a new General Product Safety Regulation.