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  • UK Call for Comments on POPRC Evaluation Documents 2023

    The UK is a party to the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants (POPs), which are substances that persist in the environment, accumulate in living organisms and pose a risk to our health and the environment. There is a process for parties to propose a substance for listing in the Convention if they have gathered evidence that suggests it may be a POP. The POPs Review Committee (POPRC), the technical scientific committee of the Stockholm Convention, then considers and... More
    Closed 22 May 2023
  • Consultation on strengthening environmental civil sanctions

    Protecting our natural environment is a government priority. Strengthening regulations that enable polluters to be held to account is one piece of the wider plan in reducing pollution to protect biodiversity and the ecology of our rivers and seas. The government wants to strengthen the abilities of the Environment Agency (EA) to issue monetary penalties for environmental offences in England and to raise the cap for such penalties. This will involve: increasing the... More
    Closed 15 May 2023
  • Consultation on potential amendments to the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Regulation

    We are seeking your views on a number of proposed changes to the retained Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 as amended by the Persistent Organic Pollutants (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 and the Persistent Organic Pollutants (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2022) (“POPs Regulation”). Some of the presented options and potential amendments to the POPs Regulation are related to recent additions or amendments to the UN’s Stockholm Convention on POPs which the... More
    Closed 27 April 2023
  • Consultation on the draft revised Air Quality Strategy

    The Government recognises that there is more to do to protect people and the environment from the effects of air pollution, which is why we are taking significant and wide-ranging action to drive improvements to air quality. Effective action is needed at all levels and there is a key role for local government in identifying and targeting measures to improve air quality in their areas. The Air Quality Strategy sets out the actions the government expects local authorities to... More
    Closed 21 April 2023
  • Open access restriction at Silence Mine (case number 2018088745) 2023

    The Peak District National Park Authority is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or registered common land. These areas are known as ‘open access land’. Much of the ‘coastal margin’ of the England Coast Path is also open access land under the same Act. Landowners have the... More
    Closed 14 April 2023
  • Open access restriction at Blyth estuary mud flats (case number 2018038614)

    Natural England is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or registered common land. These areas are known as ‘open access land’. Much of the ‘coastal margin’ of the England Coast Path is also open access land under the same Act. Landowners have the right to apply to... More
    Closed 7 April 2023
  • Open access restriction at Chibburn Links (case number 2018038615)

    Natural England is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or registered common land. These areas are known as ‘open access land’. Much of the ‘coastal margin’ of the England Coast Path is also open access land under the same Act. Landowners have the right to apply to... More
    Closed 7 April 2023
  • Consultation on the Fourth Round of the Climate Adaptation Reporting Power

    The Climate Change Act 2008 enables the Government to require infrastructure providers and bodies with functions ‘of a public nature’ to provide reports on how they manage climate risk, although this power has only been used to make mandatory directions in the first of the three previous rounds. Reports are expected to cover the following areas: the current and future projected impacts of climate change on their organisation; proposals for adapting to climate change; and,... More
    Closed 5 April 2023
  • Review of the Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2013

    This consultation sets out proposals to amend and supplement the Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2013 (VMR), as they apply in Great Britain. The VMR set out the controls on the marketing, manufacture, distribution, possession and administration of veterinary medicines in Great Britain. They are therefore a critical tool to help protect animal health, public health and the environment, by assuring the safety, quality and efficacy of medicines administered to animals. We have... More
    Closed 31 March 2023
  • Open access restriction at Marshalling Yard (case number 2006030177) 2023

    Natural England is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or registered common land. These areas are known as ‘open access land’. Much of the ‘coastal margin’ of the England Coast Path is also open access land under the same Act. Landowners have the right to apply to... More
    Closed 31 March 2023
  • Formal Consultation - MMO management of fishing activity impacts in marine protected areas - Stage 2

    Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is seeking views on a draft byelaw, and associated Impact Assessment, to manage fishing using bottom towed gear in specified areas in 13 marine protected areas (MPAs). This byelaw is part of Stage 2 of the MMO's work to manage fishing in England’s offshore MPAs. Stage 2 focusses on the management of bottom towed gear over rock, and rocky and biogenic reef features. These features are some of the most sensitive to the impacts of bottom towed... More
    Closed 28 March 2023
  • Call for evidence – gear-feature interactions in marine protected areas - Stage 3

    Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is seeking additional evidence and views on our draft ' Stage 3 Fishing Gear MPA Impacts Evidence' documents in relation to the impacts of fishing on designated features in marine protected areas (MPAs). These documents collate and analyse the best available evidence on the impacts of fishing gears on MPA features and will inform site level assessments of the impact of fishing on MPAs as part of Stage 3 of the... More
    Closed 28 March 2023
  • UK Overseas Territories Biodiversity Strategy

    The UK Overseas Territories (OTs) are global biodiversity hotspots. Supporting every one of Earth’s major ecosystems, from rainforests to polar tundra, the rich diversity of habitats in the OTs support a host of endemic species – including some found nowhere else on earth. With pressures on global biodiversity growing, we want to do more to safeguard the future of habitats and species in the OTs. In line with our commitment to halt and reverse the decline of biodiversity, we have... More
    Closed 24 March 2023
  • Consultation on Designation of 4 Sites as Bathing Waters

    The Bathing Water Regulations (S.I.2013/1675) ("the Regulations") define a bathing water as a surface water where "...the Secretary of State expects a large number of people to bathe, having regard in particular to past trends and any infrastructure or facilities provided, or other measures taken, to promote bathing at those waters." The objective of designating a beach or inland water as a bathing water is to protect bathers' health by monitoring for intestinal enterococci and E.coli in the... More
    Closed 24 March 2023
  • Consultation on the proposal to remove Tunstall Beach from the list of bathing waters

    The Bathing Water Regulations (S.I.2013/1675) ("the Regulations") define a bathing water as a surface water where "...the Secretary of State expects a large number of people to bathe, having regard in particular to past trends and any infrastructure or facilities provided, or other measures taken, to promote bathing at those waters." The objective of designating a beach or inland water as a bathing water is to protect bathers' health by monitoring for intestinal enterococci and E.coli in... More
    Closed 24 March 2023
  • Open access restriction at Waddington Fell (Mast Land) case number 2008060013

    Natural England is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or registered common land. These areas are known as ‘open access land’. Much of the ‘coastal margin’ of the England Coast Path is also open access land under the same Act. Landowners have the right to apply to... More
    Closed 10 March 2023
  • Open access restriction at Moorcock Clay Pigeon Club (case number 2008060006 outline)

    Natural England is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or registered common land. These areas are known as ‘open access land’. Much of the ‘coastal margin’ of the England Coast Path is also open access land under the same Act. Landowners have the right to apply to... More
    Closed 10 March 2023
  • Open access restriction at Trawden Clay Pigeon Club (case number 2008060031)

    Natural England is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or registered common land. These areas are known as ‘open access land’. Much of the ‘coastal margin’ of the England Coast Path is also open access land under the same Act. Landowners have the right to apply to... More
    Closed 10 March 2023
  • Open access restriction at Moorcock Clay Pigeon Club Land (case number 2008060032)

    Natural England is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or registered common land. These areas are known as ‘open access land’. Much of the ‘coastal margin’ of the England Coast Path is also open access land under the same Act. Landowners have the right to apply to... More
    Closed 10 March 2023
  • Open Access Restriction at Roughside Bothy (case number 2023019805)

    The Forestry Commission is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CRoW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or registered common land. These areas are known as ‘open access land’. Much of the ‘coastal margin’ of the England Coast Path is also open access land under the same Act. Landowners have the right to apply to the... More
    Closed 28 February 2023
  • Penwith Moors SSSI

    Penwith Moors is an extensive (c.3,000 ha) area of heathland, wetland and acid grassland in Cornwall. It is of special interest for the following nationally important features: Lowland heathland Fens Lowland dry acid grassland Four species of vascular plants An assemblage of invertebrates associated with scrub-heath and moorland An assemblage of lichens associated with acid non-montane... More
    Closed 7 February 2023
  • Plant Varieties and Seeds (PVS) Strategy

    The policy area of Plant Varieties and Seeds (PVS) covers Plant Variety Rights (intellectual property rights of plant breeders), plant variety registration, setting standards for marketing and certification of seed and other plant propagating material and ensuring that these standards are upheld.  Defra, Scottish Government, Welsh Government and DAERA are working together to develop a UK PVS Strategy spanning 5 years. This will be the first strategy in the PVS area and will be an... More
    Closed 19 December 2022
  • Lead and cadmium in ion selective electrodes

    The Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2012 (the RoHS Regulations) restricts the use of 10 hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) with a view to contributing to the protection of human health and the environment, including the sound recovery and disposal of waste. Industry can apply for exemptions to allow the supply of products using one or more of the restricted substances above... More
    Closed 14 December 2022
  • Open Access Restriction at Sturdy Sike (case number 2022109785)

    The Forestry Commission is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CRoW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or registered common land. These areas are known as ‘open access land’. Much of the ‘coastal margin’ of the England Coast Path is also open access land under the same Act. Landowners have the right to apply to the... More
    Closed 9 December 2022
  • UK Mandatory Water Efficiency Labelling

    We want to hear your views on our plans to introduce mandatory water efficiency labelling across all UK nations - England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. We propose to label water using products (e.g. taps, showers, toilets, dishwashers and washing machines) . This consultation sets out our proposed approach, products covered by the label, label design/ features, label display and standards to support the label. The benefits of labelling for reducing impacts on the... More
    Closed 25 November 2022
  • Consultation on changes to Legislation relating to Alcoholic Drinks in Great Britain

    The UK signed a free trade agreement with New Zealand on 28 th February 2022 (‘the UK-NZ FTA’). Annex 7A to the Agreement concerns wine and distilled spirits. To implement the agreement, the United Kingdom will make three minor changes to domestic legislation on how wine and alcoholic drinks can be described and marketed on labels. These changes allow producers and sellers more flexibility in the information they choose to include on alcoholic drink labels and will be optional... More
    Closed 23 November 2022
  • Amending the Bread and Flour Regulations 1998 and the Bread and Flour Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998

    The UK Government and devolved administrations are seeking views on proposals to update and amend The Bread and Flour Regulations 1998 and The Bread and Flour Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998 which cover specific rules on the labelling and composition of bread and flour. The regulations primarily mandate the compulsory fortification of milled white and brown non-wholemeal wheat flour that are manufactured and sold in the UK for public health reasons with added calcium, iron, thiamin... More
    Closed 23 November 2022
  • Diwygio Rheoliadau Bara a Blawd 1998 a Rheoliadau Bara a Blawd (Gogledd Iwerddon) 1998

    Mae llywodraeth y Deyrnas Unedig (DU) a’r gweinyddiaethau datganoledig yn ceisio safbwyntiau ar gynigion i ddiweddaru a diwygio Rheoliadau Bara a Blawd 1998 a Rheoliadau Bara a Blawd (Gogledd Iwerddon) 1998 sy’n ymdrin â rheolau penodol ar labelu a chyfansoddiad bara a blawd. Yn bennaf, mae’r rheoliadau’n ei gwneud yn orfodol i gyfnerthu blawd gwenith gwyn a blawd gwenith brown wedi’u melino nad ydynt yn gyflawn, sy’n cael eu gweithgynhyrchu a’u gwerthu yn y DU, â... More
    Closed 23 November 2022
  • Managing flyseine vessel pressure on demersal Non-Quota Species

    The Fisheries White Paper, Sustainable Fisheries for Future Generations, 2018 sets out the UK’s commitment to reshape fisheries management following our departure from the EU. Continuing to champion sustainable fishing and adopting management measures to rebuild and maintain stocks in the long term is central to future management. Non-Quota Species (NQS) are stocks not subject to a Total Allowable Catch. They are often high value, potentially vulnerable and generally... More
    Closed 16 November 2022
  • Call for evidence on methane suppressing feed products

    Methane suppressing feed products are defined here as natural or synthetic compounds added to or included in animals’ diets which lead to less methane being produced whilst the animal is digesting the feed. They include a range of products including methanogenesis inhibitors, seaweeds, essential oils, organic acids, probiotics, and antimicrobials. This call for evidence will explore the potential for methane suppressing feed products with the aim to gather views... More
    Closed 15 November 2022
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