Environment: The Regulator’s Code

Today a report was published that revealed how our railway system is governed. It is a pretty damning assessment of how a fragmented industry cannot function without proper channels of communication and leadership.

It seems to me that our regulation of the environment suffers from the same fragmentation. There is a corpus of good environment legislation that, were it to be effectively applied, could make a significant difference to the problems of pollution and loss of biodiversity. However, the task of applying and enforcing this legislation is split between a number of regulators, the main three being; the Environment Agency, Natural England and the Local Authority. The end result of this rather artificial division of responsibilities is a less than effective application of legislation in defense of the environment.

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