UK launches environmental enforcement review

The UK government has begun a "major" review of how environmental rules are enforced. It will identify obstacles to cutting numbers of environmental offences. Environment minister Elliot Morley said he had listened to concerns that current arrangements fail to change damaging behaviour, do not require offenders to repair damage caused and do not result in effective sanctions. Environmental groups have been campaigning for stricter enforcement under the banner of environmental justice. The Anglo-Welsh environment agency has for years been complaining that fines for environmental offences are too low. See press release.

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