Government ‘moves to constrain’ green watchdog

A group of government amendments supposed to clarify in what circumstances the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) may bring an environmental review and thereby deliver a consistent approach to enforcement was voted through yesterday, allowing only ‘serious’ breaches to be addressed with the government able to determine how that word should be interpreted.

by Gareth Simkins
MPs have moved to limit the powers of the Office for Environmental Protection. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Getty Images
MPs have moved to limit the powers of the Office for Environmental Protection. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Getty Images

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