Britain in push for simpler green laws

Government issues plan to slash administrative burden of environmental legislation by €235m

The UK environment ministry has unveiled a plan to simplify environmental legislation as part of a government drive to reduce overall administrative burden by 25% by 2010.  Actions include modernising industrial environmental permits and continuing to move to more risk-based regulations (EED 07/12/06).  The changes are expected to reduce costs to businesses by UK£159m (€235m).   Nearly half of the 700 regulations for which the environment ministry is responsible are estimated to impose administrative burdens on business.  See press releases from UK cabinet office and environment ministry.  See also simplification plan.

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