Why industry wants to save the Environment Bill

It has been a wild ride for those who have devoted years of their lives pushing for stronger environmental rules and urging successive governments to cement long-term green policy certainty.

Industry and green groups came tantalisingly close to realising the dream when bold statements made while Michael Gove was environment secretary gave rise to a litany of consultations which finally manifested as the Environment Bill - the first wide-ranging green piece of legislation since the Environment Act in 1995 - as well as a raft of nascent green policies. 

But politics intervened. The general election has unravelled the fate of the environment, agriculture and fisheries bills, and cast the future of plans underpinning air, chemicals, water, waste and nature into the unknown.

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