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Environmental costs exaggerated, MPs told

MPs looking at environmental laws have been warned that Cabinet Office guidance is flawed and focuses on the costs for polluting industry, rather than looking at the economic benefits of environmental protection.
The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee is carrying out an inquiry into regulatory impact assessments, which look at the costs and benefits of new legislation, as part of its pre-Budget inquiry.
Last week it was told by the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC), which represents the UK's environmental technology and services industry, that previous assessments have been dominated by exaggerated cost claims of polluting industries.
EIC chairman Adrian Wilkes said: "Scaremongering by polluting industries on the costs of cleaning up is making the Government back-pedal on environmental protection. Yet all economic studies show that polluting industries consistently exaggerate the costs of pollution control and that eco-efficiency actually boosts competitiveness."

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