38 things you need to know about the Environment Bill

The landmark Environment Bill would make significant changes to laws relating to air quality, water resources, waste management, nature improvement and chemicals, and sets out how a new green watchdog would enforce environmental rules. Here’s what you need to know.

Governance and environmental principles 

1 New legal clout for the green watchdog

The Office for Environmental Protection (OEP), the government’s proposed oversight and enforcement body, will have recourse to a new kind of legal mechanism, called an ‘environmental review’, that can compel public authorities to take action if a court finds they have breached environmental law. Its role will be to examine new green policies, investigate complaints and take enforcement action against public authorities for breaching environmental law.

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