4th June 2018

MCA consultation on Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Oil Pollution) Regulations.

The MCA (Marine and Coastguard Agency) is consulting on the recasting the Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Oil Pollution) Regulations. (SI 1996/2154).  Consultation closes 29th July.  The purpose is to bring up to date the UK’s transposition of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) International Convention for the Prevention of Oil Pollution from Ships (MARPOL Annex I) into domestic law. At the same time, it is proposed that they will introduce Ambulatory Reference with the Regulations to incorporate any future amendments to the technical aspects of the Convention (the detail which is of a more technical nature) of MARPOL Annex I into UK law by reference on an ongoing basis, instead of transposing it provision by provision.

29th May 2018

Consultation on amendments to The Nuclear Reactors (Environmental Impact Assessment for Decommissioning) Regulations

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is consulting on proposals to amend environmental impact assessment regulations that apply to decommissioning of nuclear reactors. Consultation closes 20th June. The Nuclear Reactors (Environmental Impact Assessment for Decommissioning) Regulations (SI 1999/2892) require all civil nuclear reactor dismantling and decommissioning projects to obtain consent before being allowed to commence. This ensures that projects likely to have significant effect on the environment take due measures to protect and reduce their environmental impact. This consultation invites comments on proposals for implementing amendments of the European Union Directive on environmental impact assessments in so far as the Directive applies to consent for nuclear reactor decommissioning projects in the UK under the Nuclear Reactors (Environmental Impact Assessment for Decommissioning) Regulations.

23rd May 2018

Consultation on Clean Air Strategy 2018.

DEFRA is consulting on the draft Clean Air Strategy 2018.  Consultation closes 14th August.  The consultation covers each of the main themes of the strategy document: our understanding of the problem; protection of the nation’s health; protection of the environment; securing clean growth and innovation; reduction of emissions from transport; reduction of emissions from farming; reduction of emissions from industry; and leadership.