Environmental Bill

October 24th, 2019 by James Goudie KC

The Government has introduced a 130 Clause Environment Bill, with 20 Schedules, in the context of exiting the EU.  Parts 1 and 2 relate to Environmental Governance, that had been the subject of a Draft Bill, including environmental targets, improvement plans, environmental monitoring and environmental principles, and a new Office for Environmental Protection. Part 3 relates to Waste and Resource Efficiency; Part 4 to Air Quality and Environmental Recall; Part 5 to Water; Part 6 to Nature and Biodiversity; and Part 7 to Conservation Covenants. The provisions include recycling and other obligations upon local authorities, pollution control and other powers for local authorities, and the mandating of net gain in biodiversity through the planning system.

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