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The Enforcement of Waste Law in Northern Ireland: Deterrence, Dumping and the Dynamics of Devolution

Author
Brennan C.
Journal/Series
Journal of Environmental Law | Vol.28(3), p. 471-496
Date
2016
Source
IUCN (ID: ANA-091208)
Publisher | Place of publication
Oxford University Press | Oxford, UK
ISSN
0952-8873
Document type
Article in periodical
Language
English
Country/Territory
United Kingdom
Subject
Legal questions, Waste & hazardous substances
Keyword
Waste disposal Waste management Enforcement/compliance
Abstract

This article examines the enforcement of waste law in Northern Ireland. It considers how a legacy of historical failures to enforce legislation in conjunction with inadequate arrangements for the delivery of environmental regulation continues to frustrate environmental protection efforts in this jurisdiction. The article demonstrates that challenges associated with delivering waste regulation faced by other UK environmental regulators are more acute in Northern Ireland due to a range of distinctive circumstances and the response of the devolved government in addressing these issues has so far achieved only limited success. The article concludes that a significant shift in enforcement culture and practice in Northern Ireland is necessary in order to ensure enforcement action against waste criminals is effective, but that ultimately fundamental structural changes to the architecture of environmental regulation are required.