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UKELA Welcomes Review Recommendation for an independent environmental protection agency in Northern Ireland

Jun 19, 2007

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The UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) has welcomed a long awaited report advising that setting up an independent Environment Agency for Northern Ireland is essential.

The UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) has welcomed a long awaited report advising that setting up an independent Environment Agency for Northern Ireland is essential.

The Review on Environmental Governance in Northern Ireland, set up by the government, has been considering evidence on how best to protect the environment there.

UKELA wants to see the improvements the review recommends in environmental protection, regulation and enforcement implemented urgently.

UKELA chairman, Daniel Lawrence said: “There is now agreement that an independent body would have the teeth and resources that are currently lacking. It would also act as an environmental champion, raising awareness about why raising environmental standards is good for business and the public. It is vital that the new body would have the resources needed to do the job. We urge the Northern Ireland Assembly to take this forward as a matter of priority. Improving Northern Ireland’s environment would be very popular and raise standards there in line with standards across Europe”.

Other recommendations by the Review panel include:
 An environmental tribunal for Northern Ireland
 A shift in Departmental responsibilities
 More training on environmental matters for political party staff and Assembly officials

It says postponing significant reform would expose Northern Ireland to serious financial and environmental risks and deny its people significant opportunities to achieve a high quality environment.

Notes to the editors:

1. UKELA is the UK forum which aims to make the law work for a better environment and to improve understanding and awareness of environmental law. UKELA’s members are involved in the practice, study or formulation of Environmental Law in the UK and the European Union. It attracts both lawyers and non lawyers and has a broad membership.

2. The Review on Environmental Governance in Northern Ireland, chaired by Tom Burke, reported today. The full report can be found at www.regni.info/

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