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Water Supply: Pollution

Volume 697: debated on Monday 17 December 2007

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

On what date the Environment Agency Wales (EAW) became responsible for the prevention of pollution to groundwater, surface water and the environment in Wales; and from which organisations EAW inherited those responsibilities. [HL753]

The Environment Agency was established pursuant to the provisions of the Environment Act 1995. In Wales, the Environment Agency is now an Assembly Government Sponsored Body. On 1 April 1996 it assumed functions under a wide range of environmental legislation that were previously carried out by the National Rivers Authority, HM Inspectorate of Pollution and the local authorities as waste regulatory authorities.