Post-Brexit environment watchdog must be transparent, green groups urge

A coalition of almost 40 environmental organisations including Greenpeace, WWF UK and ClientEarth is calling for the Draft Environment Bill to be altered, to ensure that the public can request disclosure from the UK’s post-Brexit watchdog.

The call to action is being co-ordinated by the Campaign for Freedom of Information

In a letter to new Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers, the organisations point out that the Draft Bill, in its current form, would prohibit the UK’s environmental watchdog for after Brexit – the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) – from disclosing information obtained from an authority under investigation, unless the authority consented.

Moreover, the Draft Bill includes a clause that authorities under investigation will be banned from disclosing messages it receives from the OEP,

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