Land environmental legislation that may impact on your business.
- Environment Act 1995 (Environment Agency and Local Authorities)
Establishes regulating bodies for contaminated land, abandoned mines, national parks, control of pollution, conservation of natural resources, conservation or enhancement of the environment, and fisheries.
- Agricultural Land (Removal of Surface Soil) Act 1953 (Local Authorities)
Unless you have planning permission, makes it an offence to remove surface soil from agricultural land with the intention of selling it, if the amount is more than 5 cubic yards in three months.
- Water Resources (Control of Pollution) (Silage, Slurry and Agricultural Fuel Oil) (England) Regulations 2010 SI 639 (Environment Agency)
Establishes construction and storage standards for silage-making and storage, slurry storage systems and agricultural fuel oil stores, with the aim of reducing water pollution. Previous amendment SI 2010/1091. Revokes the Control of Pollution (Silage, Slurry and Agricultural Fuel Oil) Regulations 1991 and 1997.
- Sludge (Use in Agriculture) (Amendment) Regulations 1990 SI 880 (Environment Agency)
Amends 1989/1263 to clarify the ban on growing commercial food crops and selling crops grown on an agricultural unit that is part of a dedicated site applies where the concentration of certain metals in the soil exceeds permitted levels.
- Nitrate Pollution Prevention (Amendment) Regulations 2012 SI 1849 (Environment Agency)
Designation of nitrate vulnerable zones, Amends SI 2008/2349. Other previous revision SI 2009/3160.
- Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 SI 1487 (Natural England)
Amends 1981/69 to add a new definition of 'wild bird' to include any species that is native to, or a visitor to, any country in the EU. Specifies which birds may be hunted, and when. Previous revisions include SI 2010/609.
- Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (Natural England)
Bans certain methods of killing or taking wild animals, including birds, and restricts the introduction and sale of certain non-native animals and plants. Also sets out the amended laws relating to public rights of way. Wildlife and Countryside (Amendment) Act 1991
Makes minor amendments to 1981/69.
- The Contaminated Land (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 (Environment Agency and Local Authority)
Amends SI 2006/1380 Regulations, setting out provisions relating to the identification and remediation of contaminated land and amends the circumstances in which contaminated land affects controlled waters.
- Radioactive Contaminated Land (Enabling Powers and Modification of Enactments) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 SI 2147 (Environment Agency and Local Authority)
Amends SI 2005/3467 and 2006/1379 by redefining ‘substance’, removing the exclusion for radon and its decay products where they are the result of the after effects of a radiological emergency or past activity. Other revisions include SI 2008/520 and 2007/3245.
- EU The Revised EU Animal By-Product (ABP) Regulations, EU Control Regulation No 1069/2009 and the EU Implementing Regulation 142/2011
These EU Regulations update the current rules.
- The Animal By-Products (Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2011 SI 881 (AHVLA)
Implements health rules as regards animal by-products and derived products not intended for human consumption.
- Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (Natural England Local Authorities and Environment Agency)
Sets out rules on countryside access, rights of way, driving vehicles off road, nature conservation and protecting wildlife and areas of outstanding natural beauty. Enables traffic regulation orders to be made to conserve areas of natural beauty.
- Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 SI 587 (Natural England Local Authorities and Environment Agency)
Brings into force rules to force polluters to prevent and repair damage to water systems, land quality, species and their habitats and protected sites. The polluter does not need to be prosecuted first, so remedying the damage will be faster. Previous revisions SI 2009/153 and 2009/3275.
- Environmental Civil Sanctions (England) Order 2010 SI 1157 (Natural England and Environment Agency)
Allows the environmental regulator to impose civil sanctions on a business committing certain environmental offences, as an alternative to prosecution and criminal penalties of fines and imprisonment.
- The Environmental Civil Sanctions (Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) Regulations 2010 SI 1159 (Natural England and Environment Agency)
Amends a number of regulations to impose civil sanctions.
- Environmental Protection Act 1990 (Environment Agency and Local Authority)
Defines within England, Scotland and Wales the legal framework for duty of care for waste, contaminated land and statutory nuisance.
- Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 (Natural England)
Establishes Natural England as the main body responsible for conserving, enhancing and managing the natural environment. It also covers biodiversity, pesticides harmful to wildlife and the protection of birds.