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Encyclopedia > Environment Agency

(see also the List of environmental organizations) This is a list of environmental organizations, organizations that preserve or monitor the environment in different ways. ...


The Environment Agency (Welsh: Asiantaeth yr Amgylchedd) of England and Wales was created by the Environment Act 1995, along with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. It took over the roles and responsibilities of the National Rivers Authority, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) and the waste regulation authorities in England and Wales including the London Waste Regulation Authority. All of the predeccesor bodies were disbanded and the local authorities relinquished their waste regulatory role. Welsh redirects here, and this article describes the Welsh language. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Ethnicity... National motto: Cymru am byth (Welsh: Wales for ever) Waless location within the UK Official languages English(100%), Welsh(20. ... The Environment Act 1995 is a United Kingdom Act of Parliament which created a number of new agencies and set new standards for environmental management. ... -1...

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Image File history File links Standard of the Environment Agency File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Standard of the Environment Agency File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ...


Goals

The stated mission of the newly created agency was "to protect or enhance the environment, taken as a whole" so as to promote "the objective of achieving sustainable development" (taken from the Environment Act 1995, section 4). The Environment Act 1995 is a United Kingdom Act of Parliament which created a number of new agencies and set new standards for environmental management. ...


Responsibilities

Flood Risk Management

The agency is the main body responsible for creating and maintaining flood defences and providing flood warning systems. Control of water levels is usually by systems of sluices, weirs and locks. The agency issues regular flood warnings and maintains maps of areas liable to flooding. Functions in relations to canals are undertaken by the British Waterways Board British Waterways is a government body sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Scottish Executive in the United Kingdom. ...


Waste regulation

The agency is the regulatory authority for all waste management activities including the licensing of sites such as landfill and incineration facilities. It also grants licenses for handling special waste such as radioactive, chemical or medical materials. The Agency monitors waste management sites and any individuals or companies found to have caused pollution or have infringed their licence conditions can be prosecuted and potentially have waste handling licenses revoked by the Courts. A modern landfill operation. ...


Pollution control

Under the provisions of a series of Acts of Parliament, the Agency is the main regulator of discharges to the aquatic environment and to land. It does this through the issue of formal consents to dicharge. Failure to comply with such a consent or making a discharge without the benefit of a consent can lead to criminal prosecution.


Water Quality Management

The Agency has a duty to maintain and improve the quality of surface and ground waters and as part of the duty it monitors the quality of rivers lakes and ground-water on a regular basis.


Water Resource Management

The Agency manages the use and conservation of water through the issue of water abstraction licences for activities such as drinking water supply, artificial irrigation, hydro-electricity generation. Complex arrangements exist for the management of river regulation reservoirs which are used to store winter water in the wetter parts of England and Wales in order to maintain levels in the summer time so that there is sufficient water to supply the drier parts of the country with drinking water. Irrigation in the Heart of the Sahara Irrigation (in agriculture) is the replacement or supplementation of rainfall with water from another source in order to grow crops. ... Hydroelectric dam diagram The waters of Llyn Stwlan, the upper reservoir of the Ffestiniog Pumped-Storage Scheme in north Wales, can just be glimpsed on the right. ... Generally, a reservoir is something that can hold matter or energy. ...


Navigation

The Environment Agency runs canal locks.
The Environment Agency runs canal locks.

Licenses for boats travelling on inland waterways are issued by the agency as are fishing licenses and permission to take (abstract) and discharge water. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1760x1168, 395 KB) Environment Agency runs Godstow Lock. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1760x1168, 395 KB) Environment Agency runs Godstow Lock. ...


Fisheries

The Agency is the body responsible for maintaining and improving the quality of fisheries in the UK. It does this by pro-active work to improve the habitat for fisheries and by managing angling effort through the issue of fishing licences. Fishing from a Pier Fishing is both the recreation and sport of catching fish (for food or as a trophy), and the commercial fishing industry of catching or harvesting seafood (either fish or other aquatic life-forms, such as shellfish). ...


Income

The agency is funded in part from the UK government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Welsh Assembly Government. Additional money is raised from the issuing of licenses and permits such as abstraction licences, waste handling licences, navigation rights and even fishing licences. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is the United Kingdom government department responsible for environmental protection, food production and standards, agriculture, fisheries and rural communities. ... The National Assembly for Wales (or NAW) (Welsh: Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru) was established in 1998, following a 1997 referendum in which a small majority of voters (but not the electorate) voted in favour of the Labour Governments plans for devolution. ...


Money for maintenance and improvement of flood defences has traditionally come from the local authorities in the areas being defended but central Government is now playing a larger role in funding this area of work.


Organisational Management

The Environment Agency is overseen by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (currently Margaret Beckett), but has its own chairman, chief executive and board of directors. Past chairmen are The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is a UK cabinet-level position in charge of the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the succesor to the positions of Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Secretary of State for the Environment. ... The Right Honourable Margaret Mary Beckett (born January 15, 1943) is a British Labour Party politician. ...

and past chief executives: There is also the British Victoria Cross recipient John Pennington Harman. ...

Barbara Scott Young, Baroness Young of Old Scone (born 8 April 1948) is a Labour member of the House of Lords. ... Ed Gallagher refers to several people: Professor Ed Gallagher CBE - A UK scientist Ed Gallagher (baseball) - a Major League Baseball player (1932 season) Ed Gallagher and Al Shean - the 1920s vaudeville double-act Gallaher & Shean Edward C. Gallagher (wrestling) - Oklahoma State wrestling coach from 1916 - 1940 This is a...

External links

  • http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk - official agency homepage
  • http://www.sepa.org.uk - Scottish agency homepage

Related acts of parliament

  • http://www.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts1995/Ukpga_19950025_en_1.htm - Environment Act 1995
  • http://www.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts1991/Ukpga_19910057_en_1.htm - Water Resources Act 1991
  • http://www.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts1991/Ukpga_19910059_en_1.htm - Land Drainage Act 1991
  • http://www.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts1990/Ukpga_19900043_en_1.htm - Environmental Protection Act 1990
  • http://www.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts1989/Ukpga_19890014_en_1.htm - Control of Pollution (amendment) Act 1989
  • http://www.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts1989/Ukpga_19890015_en_1.htm - Water Act 1989
  • (Link not available yet) - Control of Pollution Act 1974

 
 

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