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-executiv

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