‘Blank cheque’: The proposed EA charging powers that have alarmed the waste industry

Provisions within the Environment Bill could extend the Environment Agency’s charging powers in relation to waste operations, with experts anticipating that they will primarily be used for investigating permit breaches. Conor McGlone reports

The waste sector welcomed the reintroduction of the flagship Environment Bill last month, but there is nervousness over a new potential charging scheme for the Environment Agency (EA).

There have been consistent calls from the sector to ensure the EA is adequately funded in order to carry out its regulatory duties effectively. But currently the regulator only has limited existing powers to recover costs in circumstances other than a successful prosecution, according to Anita Lloyd, director at law firm Squire Patton Boggs.

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