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Environment watchdog online complaint system goes live

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An image of rolling green hillsA new system for registering complaints against public bodies suspected of failing to meet environmental law has gone live.

Ahead of the establishment of the new Office for Environmental Protection, an interim service is now in place to receive complaints about alleged failures of public authorities to comply with environmental law.

Complaints can be submitted here:

An Interim Environmental Governance Secretariat within Defra will operate on a temporary basis and will conduct initial assessments of any complaints.

This will be under the guidance and leadership of both the newly appointed Office for Environmental Protection Chair-designate, Dame Glenys Stacey, and the other Board members, once they have been appointed, to ensure an effective transition to the permanent body.

Members of the public will be able to make complaints about failures by public authorities to comply with legal requirements in areas, such as, the protection of air or water quality, nature conservation, or the management of waste.

Guidance on how to complain to the IEGS can be found on the IEGS website.

The Office for Environmental Protection will be established and operational as soon as possible following Royal Assent of the Environment Bill. It will have the power to scrutinise environmental policy and law, investigate complaints and take enforcement action against public authorities.

We expect the Office for Environmental Protection to have started implementing its functions by around July 2021. This depends on the Bill receiving Royal Assent in Spring 2021 as hoped, followed by a period of around three months to form the Office for Environmental Protection Board and complete preparation for the implementation of its statutory functions.

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  1. Comment by Jane Cahane posted on

    HS2 is the single most environmentally abusive project in action in the UK and should be scrapped IMMEDIATELY!!!

  2. Comment by Elizabeth Elwick posted on

    Please challenge government’s decision to allow bee killing pesticides

  3. Comment by Barry petty posted on

    can hunt crime be stopped its cruel vile and illegal but still goes on ,

  4. Comment by Mark Seager posted on

    HS2 is currently destroying the countryside in Warwickshire. It is ripping up trees, destroying homes of birds, bats, amphibians and insects. It pays no heed to environmental laws or ownership of property.