CIWEM demands rethink on agency regional committees

The government’s plan to abolish the Environment Agency’s statutory advisory committees is a “route to disaster”

The government’s plan to abolish the Environment Agency’s statutory advisory committees is a “route to disaster”, according to the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).

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 CIWEM.

The Public Bodies Bill now going through Parliament contains measures to abolish the agency’s regional fisheries, ecology and recreation committees and 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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