Mind the governance gap: Will environmental crimes go unpunished?

In her appearance in front of MPs in mid-July, Dame Glenys Stacey, the chair of the newly minted Office for Environmental Protection (OEP), was repeatedly asked if the organisation that has been set up to replace European oversight of how England (and eventually) Northern Ireland’s public bodies protect our rivers, air quality and wildlife had sufficiently robust powers to do its job.

by James Fair
The Environment Bill is progressing through the Houses of Parliament. Photograph: Daniele Trevisan
The Environment Bill is progressing through the Houses of Parliament. Photograph: Daniele Trevisan

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