Alarm over plans to shield post-Brexit environment watchdog from scrutiny

Campaigners say prohibitions in environment bill will shroud new body’s work in unnecessary secrecy

The body created to regulate, monitor and enforce environmental standards in the UK post-Brexit will be shielded from scrutiny as a result of prohibitions on access to information, campaigners say.

The Office for Environmental Protection (OEP), which is being set up under the environment bill, should offer independent scrutiny of government and public bodies, and investigate public complaints about environmental matters.

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