Post-Brexit ‘Environmental Watchdog’ announced

Defra has provided details of the government’s upcoming Environment Bill, setting out the Bill’s draft clauses on environmental principles and governance. A key element concerns formation of a new environmental watchdog, the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP). The draft Bill states that the OEP will prepare annual reports on government environmental improvement plans, investigate potential breaches of environmental regulations by public bodies, and refer cases for judicial review. Environment Minister Michael Gove, commented that the OEP will “scrutinise environmental policy and law, investigate complaints, and take action where necessary to make sure environmental law is properly implemented”.

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