Cost/benefit duty, contaminated land remain leading issues in Environment Bill

The Environment Bill has begun its Committee stage in the House of Commons. The big issues which preoccupied the Lords - notably liability for contaminated land - will do so again in the Commons, and two major sections are due to be added to the Bill to create a new legal framework for air quality and old mineral planning permissions. Meanwhile, the Government is facing a growing revolt about the duty on the Environment Agency to carry out cost/benefit appraisals of its work - with the objectors now including the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution and the Environment Agency Advisory Committee.

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