Environmental policy: what's in the new PM's in-tray?

As well as ensuring the safe passage of the Environment Bill and organising a new cabinet, Boris Johnson’s top environmental priorities should include making decisions on chemicals regulation, Heathrow expansion, the waste and resources strategy and energy efficiency, according to experts.

The Environment Bill 

William Wilson, a barrister at Wyeside Consulting, said the Environment Bill, and each of “the very detailed aims for it” outlined in Michael Gove's speech last week at Kew Gardens - on air quality, water management, waste reduction and wildlife renewal - should feature at the top of Johnson's inbox. He said this should include “a proper response” to the criticisms of the bill by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) and Environmental Audit Committee (EAC). It is imperative, said Wilson, that Johnson delivers “what we were promised, by having the whole of EU environmental law transferred to UK law at Brexit”.

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