The government has launched four major consultations - on shipments of waste, proposed marine works, flood & coastal erosion risk management, and the energy review.
DEFRA proposes changes to the legislation around shipments of waste. The proposals affect anyone concerned with shipping waste into, out of and through the UK. The consultation includes measures to improve the prevention and detection of illegal shipments and to reduce the regulatory burden by simplifying procedures wherever possible.DEFRA want views on the proposed marine works Regulations. The proposed regulations apply the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive, to various regulated marine activities. The deadline for responses is noon on 16 March 2007.DEFRA also want your views on the flood & coastal erosion risk management. This consultation aims to engage with all those who have an interest in developing Outcome Measures, and setting approaches for flood and coastal erosion risk management. A linked consultation on appraisal policy guidance is expected to be launched early in 2007. The closing date for comments on this consultation is 16 March 2007.Finally, the DTI launch an energy review consultation.The consultation paper proposes changes to handling minor works to replace or strengthen existing overhead lines. This consultation covers only England and Wales. Comments are invited by 14 March 2007.