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UK | COVID-19 | Regulating During Covid-19 Outbreak: the UK Environmental Agencies Responses

Guidance on Regulatory Positions of the Environment Agency and other national counterparts have been published. Some Regulatory Position Statements linked to the Covid-19 outbreak are now available.
In these difficult times, the different regulatory agencies for environmental matters have published statements and guidance on how they will be regulating during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Environment Agency: Natural Resources Wales:
  • As of now the Natural Ressources Wales has not developed many RPSs. They advise, if facing problems with full compliance, to prioritise compliance with conditions which directly impact the environment and minimise public health risks. Further information on the NRW work during Covid available here, with full statement on the regulatory work in the section “2. Our work as regulator”
The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency: Northern Ireland: DAERA and NIEA Responses: Overall, most regulatory functions continue as normal, prioritising telecommunication whenever possible to reduce exposure risks. Communication with Agencies and record keeping is expected when making decisions which may affect compliance with regulations. Proportionate action will be considered by all agencies, especially when precautions to avoid damage to the environment were taken. Further, the Health and Safety Executive had published simular information. The link to our alert on the topic is below.

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