Plans to replace the Environment Agency

On November 13th 2017, environment secretary of state Micheal Gove revealed a plan to replace the Environment Agency with a new regulatory body. The new administration would be entirely independent of the government and wield more power to deliver a green Brexit.

Micheal Gove said: “Its ambition will be to champion and uphold environmental standards, always rooted in rigorous scientific evidence.

“We will consult widely on the precise functions, remit and powers of the new body but we are in no doubt that it must have real bite.

“We also need to ensure that environmental enforcement and policy-making is underpinned by a clear set of principles. Environmental principles are already central to Government policy.”

It is currently unclear how the powers of the Environment Agency will change and who will take on the environmental powers and decisions.

News regarding this new environmental governance is expected soon.