Last night the Environment Bill received Royal Assent and became law!
I know a lot of people have been concerned about our rivers and sewage so I am very pleased this Act puts a legal duty on water companies to clean up our rivers and seas by reducing storm overflows.
Sets a new legally binding target on species abundance for 2030, which will help to reverse declines of iconic British species like the hedgehog, red squirrel and water vole.
Clamps down on illegal deforestation and protect rainforests, through a package of measures, such as requiring greater due diligence from businesses, and make it illegal for UK businesses to use key commodities if they have not been produced in line with local laws - something I have personally been campaigning for.
Requires Local Authorities to tackle air quality and simplifies enforcement within smoke control areas.
These changes will be enforced by a new independent Office for Environmental Protection. The OEP will formally commence its statutory functions shortly.
You can read more about the Environment Act here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/world-leading-environment-act-become…