What are the Environment Agency’s obligations post-Brexit?

What are the Environment Agency’s obligations post-Brexit?

What new obligations and responsibilities does the Environment Agency (EA) have following the end of the Brexit implementation period? And what are the wider implications of Brexit on environmental regulation? 

Prior to Brexit implementation period completion day on 31 December 2020, a series of statutory instruments were made to transfer responsibilities that previously fell to European regulators to the EA. The Office for Environmental Protection (OEP), to be established by the Environment Bill, will also be granted enforcement powers in order to fill the hole left by the removal of the supervisory power of the European Commission. 

In our latest news analysis, Gethin Thomas, barrister at 39 Essex Chambers, discusses the EA's functions post-Brexit, with particular focus on its obligations in relation to waste export and ozone-depleting substances, as well as what he considers to be the ‘two main wider implications of Brexit for environmental regulation’ including the creation of the OEP. 

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