Timetable for Environment Agency

The new Environment Agency will come into operation in April 1995, according to a legislative timetable prepared by the Department of the Environment (DoE).

The Government's decision to go ahead with the Agency was announced in July. It will merge the National Rivers Authority, HM Inspectorate of Pollution, the waste regulation authorities, and possibly some other environmental protection functions currently carried out by the DoE (ENDS Report 210, pp 17-18 ).

The timetable for the Agency (below) must be regarded as provisional. The former Environment Secretary, Michael Heseltine, promised on several occasions before the general election that the Bill to establish the Agency would be introduced in Parliament this autumn. It has now been pushed back to November 1993.

The Bill is unlikely to be confined simply to establishing the Agency. It may also tidy up some existing environmental legislation and, more significantly, may provide powers for the introduction of economic instruments in pollution control and waste management.

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