Environment Bill: Government beefs up green watchdog

The government’s proposed green watchdog would have the power to scrutinise the government’s climate change targets and request a new form of legal review of public bodies suspected of breaching environmental law, as set out in the full Environment Bill published on Tuesday.

The Office for Environmental Protection (OEP), the body that after Brexit will take on some of the oversight and enforcement functions currently held by EU institutions, will be able to ask the courts for an “environmental review” of public bodies.

After the watchdog has followed a two-step process informing the body in question of why it believes it has broken environmental law, it can ask the courts to review the case and issue non-financial remedies if it finds the law was broken. 

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