UPDATED: Environmental regulators' coronavirus response: What you need to know

The Environment Agency will prioritise flood response, Natural England has suspended site visits and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has had strict anti-virus measures in place. Here’s what you need to know about how the UK’s environmental regulators are handling their duties during the outbreak

Environment Agency

While the outbreak continues, the Environment Agency will prioritise responding to major pollution incidents and flooding, maintaining assets such as the Thames Barrier and supporting the emergency services, according to a letter to staff from chief executive Sir James Bevan.

Its officers are under instruction to abide with hygiene and social distancing guidance from Public Health England. Although not explicit in his letter, inspections are expected to be cut back, both to reduce exposure and cope with staff sickness. Further details are expected shortly. SEE MORE

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