Band on the runs!
Originally published by Babergh South Suffolk Liberal Democrats
The Environment Bill is currently being debated in parliament with a number of strengthening amendments made by the House of Lords Two particular amendments have hit the news after Conservative MPs followed the party whip and rejected them
Peers had amended the legislation to set a limit on particle pollution which would be at least as strict as World Health Organisation guidance, by 2030.
But the Commons rejected this, in line with the government's wishes.
A second Lords amendment proposed by the Duke of Wellington would have placed a legal duty on water companies in England and Wales "to make improvements to their sewerage systems and demonstrate progressive reductions in the harm caused by discharges of untreated sewage." For context there were 403,171 spills of sewage into England's rivers and seas in 2020, according to the Environment Agency.
This too was rejected it was claimed because there was no plan in place to achieve it
The bill which includes proposals on how standards are managed is necessary as the old process of management and penalties applied by the EU has come to an end. It was an opportunity to show the government was serious about improving environmental standards
A new watchdog. - the Office for Environmental Protection - to monitor progress on improving the environment is to be set up but the Commons voted to remove a further Lords amendment designed to guarantee that body's independence,
With CoP 26 around the corner these moves have led to many negative comments being received by Tory MPs who voted these measures down so much so that the government has launched a defensive social media campaign after a weekend of anger over the vote. with many Conservative MPs posting almost identical statements on Monday morning after a weekend of anger over the vote.
We were told that leaving the EU would allow us to set more exacting targets to improve the environment. They say action speaks louder than words and it is clear from the actions that once again the proposals just don't measure up