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The Environment Agency (EA) is an executive non-departmental public body, established in 1996 and sponsored by the UK government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). It has responsibilities relating to the protection and enhancement of the environment in England (and Wales prior to 2013).
Alongside the EA, there are other regulators that are able to prosecute environmental offences, such as Local Authorities.
The EA’s overall objectives are to protect the environment and promote sustainable development, with a vision to create better places for people and wildlife.
More specific objectives are set out in the EA’s corporate report:
clean and plentiful water
thriving plants and wildlife
reducing risk of harm from environmental hazards
using resources from nature more sustainably and efficiently
enhancing beauty, heritage and engagement with the natural environment
mitigating and adapting to climate change
managing exposure to chemicals
These objectives align with central government's 25 Year Environment Plan.
The EA is responsible for regulating major industry and waste, treatment of contaminated land, water quality and resources, fisheries, inland river, estuary and harbour navigations and conservation and ecology.
The EA describes its current priorities as being to:
work with businesses and other organisations to manage the use of resources
increase the resilience of people, property and businesses
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