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UK environmental watchdog has no bite, so must bark loudly

The British Government will seek to create a new Office for Environmental Protection (OEP), as part of a ‘groundbreaking’ environmental bill to shape a green post-Brexit Britain. However, debate will be had over how objective of effective a government-funded organization can be. The environmental bill, which has been in the pipeline for nearly 6 months, will be the first of its kind since 1995 and has been long awaited by environmentalists. Outlined proposals aims to establish UK standards in lieu of environmental rules which are usually enforced by the EU. Measures have been suggested to implement a ‘polluter pays’ principle into UK law, ensuring emissions are at the forefront of government decision making. Proposals also include delegating more power to…

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