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ENVIRONMENT AGENCY ATTACKED FOR BEING TOOTHLESS

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The environment agency, launched just over a year ago, has proved to be toothless in regulating and policing enviro...
The environment agency, launched just over a year ago, has proved to be toothless in regulating and policing environmental practices, according to an article in The Guardian's Society section (p4).

The agency is being widely criticised for having too close a relationship with the businesses and organisations it is meant to be regulating. This has been highlighted by Friends of the Earth threatening to take the department of the environment to court if it is not prosecuted by the agency for the Sea Empress oil spill.

Former National Rivers Authority chairman Lord Crickhowell said the agency needed to be more in the public eye to be effective and it had not worked hard enough to let the public know about the work it was doing.

FoE researcher Mary Taylor said agency records were poorly kept and deadlines were often extended for the convenience of those in industry, while environmental lawyer Phil Shiner said the agency did not use real data but computer models and had never turned down an incinerator application, 'no matter how polluted the local environment'.
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