Northern Irish minister ‘open’ to independent EPA

Northern Ireland’s environment minister has given a cautious welcome to ambitions to set up an independent agency to oversee binding environmental targets.

In an interview with Good Morning Ulster, DUP assembly member Edwin Poots said he was “open” to the plans set out in the new Stormont power sharing agreement for an environmental protection agency. 

The new agreement, signed earlier this month, says the Northern Irish executive “should bring forward a Climate Change Act to give environmental targets a strong legal underpinning” and “establish an independent environmental protection agency to oversee this work and ensure targets are met”. 

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