Environment Act 1995
|Act of Parliament|
|Long title||An Act to provide for the establishment of a body corporate to be known as the Environment Agency and a body corporate to be known as the Scottish Environment Protection Agency; to provide for the transfer of functions, property, rights and liabilities to those bodies and for the conferring of other functions on them; to make provision with respect to contaminated land and abandoned mines; to make further provision in relation to National Parks; to make further provision for the control of pollution, the conservation of natural resources and the conservation or enhancement of the environment; to make provision for imposing obligations on certain persons in respect of certain products or materials; to make provision in relation to fisheries; to make provision for certain enactments to bind the Crown; to make provision with respect to the application of certain enactments in relation to the Isles of Scilly; and for connected purposes.|
|Citation||1995 c. 25|
|Introduced by||John Gummer|
|Text of statute as originally enacted|
|Revised text of statute as amended|
The Environment Act 1995 (c 25) passed under the ministerial tutelage of John Gummer, is a United Kingdom Act of Parliament which created a number of new agencies and set new standards for environmental management.
The Environment Act 1995 set up:
- The Environment Agency
- The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
- The National Park authorities
- required the Secretary of State to prepare a National air quality strategy, and provided for the establishment of Air quality management areas
- required the Secretary of State to prepare a National Waste Strategy, with power to impose obligations on producers in England & Wales.
- required SEPA to prepare a National waste strategy.
- Improved the current protection of hedgerows
- Introduced new provisions in the Environmental Protection Act 1990 dealing with contaminated land and abandoned mines
- Formalised the Sandford Principle
- Text of the Environment Act 1995 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from legislation.gov.uk
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