What will performance-based regulation mean for business and the environment?

The Environment Agency is promising a transformation in how it assesses permit compliance. But many questions remain, finds Simon Pickstone

Environment Agency officers have legal powers of entry and inspection to enforce environmental regulations, which have been beefed up in recent years. Photograph: Jeanette Teare/123RF
Boots on the ground: the Environment Agency proposes reducing the amount of site inspections for facilities that can prove they are going beyond compliance

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