Draft Environment (Principles and Governance) Bill published Dec 19

Just in time for Christmas!

Same worries:  where does this independent body get its teeth?  it’s independence?  And what of the Aarhus Convention?  We’ll still be a signatory even if we Brexit?

The draft Environment (Principles and Governance) Bill sets out how the government will maintain environmental standards as we leave the EU. It also details how we will build on the vision of the 25 Year Environment Plan.

This includes creating an independent body – the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) – which will:

  • scrutinise environmental law and the government’s environmental improvement plan (EIP)
  • investigate complaints on environmental law
  • take enforcement action on environmental law

The draft Bill commits the government to publishing a policy statement which will set out how ministers should interpret and apply environmental principles. It also commits government to have a plan for environmental improvement.

The broader Environment Bill will also include measures on air quality, nature recovery, waste and resource efficiency and water management.

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