Explainer: The Office for Environmental Protection

Environment secretary Michael Gove revealed plans for the new environmental watchdog – the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) – before Christmas. Here's what we know so far.

The river Itchen. Photograph: epfop/123RF
Water quality will fall under the OEP's remit but EIA and the natural environment will not

How will the OEP be constituted and funded?

The OEP will be led by a chair, a chief executive, and a board consisting of between two and five non-executive members, and one and three executive members. According to the explanatory notes accompanying the bill, the chair and non-executive members will be appointed by the secretary of state, which the government says is customary for non-departmental bodies and reflects the need for ministerial oversight.

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