CIWEM demands rethink on axing agency regional committees

Abolishing Environment Agency advisory committees is a "route to disaster", says professional body

CIWEM has condemned government plans to abolish the Environment Agency’s statutory advisory committees as a “route to disaster”. The move is one of “a series of ill-conceived policy choices… the current government seems to be determined to bring the environment to its knees,” says the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).

The Public Bodies Bill now going through Parliament contains measures to abolish the agency’s regional fisheries, ecology and recreation committees and also its regional environmental protection advisory committees. But the agency’s regional flood defence committees are being retained, albeit renamed as regional flood and coastal committees.

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