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    New legislation reduces time and cost of gene editing trials for researchers

    New legislation reduces time and cost of gene editing trials for researchers Written by Defra Press Office On Thursday 20th January, we announced that new legislation would be put in place to cut unnecessary red tape for gene editing research and development. This technology has great...
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    Government consults on plans to tackle waste crime

    Government consults on plans to tackle waste crime Written by Defra Press Office There has been coverage today including in BBC Online, Times, Independent, Telegraph, iNews, Sun, Express and Yorkshire Post of our proposals to tackle waste crime and support people and businesses to ensure...
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    Bathing water classifications 2021

    Bathing water classifications 2021 Written by Defra Press Office There has been coverage today including in The Independent and ENDS Report on the bathing water classifications for 2021. The results show that 99% of bathing waters in England have passed water quality standards following...
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    Coverage of the Government and Devolved Governments' announcement that they are seeking views on the Joint Fisheries Statement

    Coverage of the Government and Devolved Governments' announcement that they are seeking views on the Joint Fisheries Statement Written by Defra Press Office On the 18th of January we announced that the UK Government and Devolved Governments are now seeking views on the Joint Fisheries...
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    Windrush Against Sewage Pollution report on illegal sewage spills

    Windrush Against Sewage Pollution report on illegal sewage spills Written by Defra Press Office There has been coverage today in The Times and BBC News regarding a report by the campaign group Windrush Against Sewage Pollution on illegal sewage spills. The report suggests that several water...
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    Coverage of the Government’s response to the Landscapes Review

    Coverage of the Government’s response to the Landscapes Review Written by Defra Press Office There has been positive and widespread coverage of our announcement to boost nature recovery and safeguard England’s iconic national parks for future generations, in plans set out by the Environment...
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    Environment Secretary George Eustice joins Dame Joanna Lumley ahead of trials to reduce underwater noise

    Environment Secretary George Eustice joins Dame Joanna Lumley ahead of trials to reduce underwater noise Written by Defra Press Office Environment Secretary George Eustice joined Dame Joanna Lumley at Alford’s Technologies in Somerset Yesterday (13 January), Environment Secretary George...
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    Environmental Audit Committee report on water quality in rivers

    Environmental Audit Committee report on water quality in rivers Written by Defra Press Office There has been widespread coverage in The Guardian, The Times, The Telegraph, The Independent, The Mirror, The Express, The Financial Times and BBC Online on the Environmental Audit Committee’s...
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    How the Environment Agency responds to pollution incidents

    How the Environment Agency responds to pollution incidents Written by Defra Press Office There are reports today on claims that the Environment Agency (EA) has told staff to “ignore” lower impact pollution events – known as Category 3 and 4 incidents – as part of a triage process. The EA...
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    Coverage of the Biodiversity Net Gain consultation launch

    Coverage of the Biodiversity Net Gain consultation launch Written by Defra Press Office Environment Minister Rebecca Pow has announced plans to ensure wildlife can be better protected and enhanced in developments in the Biodiversity Net Gain consultation launched today. This has been covered...
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    Defra response to the PAC report on future farming schemes

    Defra response to the PAC report on future farming schemes Written by Defra Press Office On Sunday 9 January, there was widespread national coverage in the Observer, FT.com, Sunday Mirror, The People, The Sunday Express, The Independent and The Sunday Telegraph of the third and final report...
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    UK fishing industry and coastal communities receive £75m boost

    UK fishing industry and coastal communities receive £75m boost Written by Defra Press Office On Monday 27 December, the UK government announced a £75 million investment to modernise the UK fishing industry and level up coastal communities. This gained widespread coverage across broadcast...
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    VI-1 certificates removed from all imports of wine to GB by January 1st

    VI-1 certificates removed from all imports of wine to GB by January 1st Written by Defra Press Office VI-1 certificates will now be removed from all imports of wine to GB. On Thursday 16th December, Food Minister Prentis signed into law legislation that removes the requirement for VI-1...
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    Fisheries catch limits agreed and licencing discussions conclude

    Fisheries catch limits agreed and licencing discussions conclude Written by Defra Press Office On Friday 10th December, we announced that agreement with Norway and the European Union on catch limits for 2022 for six jointly managed fish stocks in the North Sea had been reached. This received...
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    Severn Trent Water fined £1.5m for sewage discharges

    Severn Trent Water fined £1.5m for sewage discharges Written by Defra Press Office There has been coverage in The Guardian, Metro, BBC, ENDS Report and Reuters of a £1.5 million fine handed to Severn Trent Water for illegal sewage discharges from four treatment works in Worcestershire in...
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    Fly-tipping annual statistics in England

    Fly-tipping annual statistics in England Written by Defra Press Office There has been widespread coverage today in the Times, The Independent, the Guardian , the Daily Mail, Daily Express, Sun and Daily Star of Defra’s publication of the 2020/21 fly-tipping statistics for England. Local...
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    Coverage of leading report on the benefits of UK woodland’s for mental health

    Coverage of leading report on the benefits of UK woodland’s for mental health Written by Defra Press Office To round off National Tree Week 2021, there has been positive coverage of our announcement that visits to the UK’s woodlands boosts mental health and is estimated to save £185 million...
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    US market to open doors to UK lamb from 2022

    US market to open doors to UK lamb from 2022 Written by Defra Press Office UK producers will soon be able to sell their lamb to a market of over 300 million people There has been widespread coverage in the Independent, Express, Evening Standard, City AM, the Scotsman, Press and Journal, as...
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    Coverage of the Environment Secretary’s announcement: Food and farming industry crucial to Government’s levelling-up agenda

    Coverage of the Environment Secretary’s announcement: Food and farming industry crucial to Government’s levelling-up agenda Written by Defra Press Office There has been widespread coverage in the Daily Mail, Sky News, Financial Times, iNews, Western Morning News (p.6), East Anglian Daily...
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    Nuffield Report on Gene Editing

    Nuffield Report on Gene Editing Written by Defra Press Office This morning, there was extensive coverage in The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, BBC News, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, Farming Today and others, of a new Nuffield Council on Bioethics report, urging the Government to ensure that...
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