Environmental laws revised
A total of 132 environmental regulations are to be modified, 70 kept as they are and 53 obsolete laws repealed as part of a government shake up.
Yesterday (March 19th), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced that it was taking the action as part of the government's 'Red Tape Challenge'.
This is aimed at simplifying the health and safety process to reduce cost and time constraints on businesses.
On of the changes will involve the way contaminated land is dealt with, as the government claims that currently remediation operations are being carried out "unnecessarily".
As a result, Defra has revised its guidance on what land would need to be cleaned-up, so it is clear what action is needed.
"This will offer better protection against any potential health impacts by concentrating on the sites where action is actually needed, and save businesses £140million per year," Defra said.
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