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CIWM concerned over growth priority in Deregulation Bill

Proposals in the draft Deregulation Bill suggest the Government will give precedence to economic growth over environmental concerns, the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management has warned.

Steve Lee

The bill is aimed at removing bureaucracy considered as unnecessary or a burden to UK businesses. A draft was published on 1 July.

Steve Lee, CIWM chief executive (left), is concerned at one recommendation that regulatory organisations, such as the Environment Agency, would have a “duty to have regard to the desirability of promoting economic growth”.

Lee said that this could mean growth considerations were put before environmental ones.

“CIWM is well aware of the necessity of securing economic growth, but this should not come at the expense of the environment. The two matters are not mutually exclusive and cannot be treated as such.”

CWIM highlighted two other key concerns:

  • There would no longer be a criminal offence associated with household bins causing a nuisance or being detrimental to the local area
  • A formally regulated process to establish joint waste authorities in England would be removed although local authorities would remain able to make their own arrangements

The organisation has called on members to send comments on the bill to the institution so it can submit written evidence to the Joint Committee, a parliamentary body appointed to evaluate the legislation.

The deadline for responses to CIWM is 2 September 2013. Comments can be sent at tina.benfield@ciwm.co.uk

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