Green Party points to absence of EPA provision in budget

The Assembly’s sole Green Party MLA, Brian Wilson, focussed on environmental issues in his contribution to the debate on the budget [which can be viewed here for now], and he made a point of identifying the absence of any provision within the three-year budget for an independent Environmental Protection Agency [EPA]. Meanwhile, in a report published yesterday, the Independent Water Review Panel has recommended that just such an independent agency should be established.. and then there’s the official complaint to the European Commission that the Department of the Environment is currently in breach of EU laws by not having an independent EPA in place.. Adds According to Mark Devenport, on his blog, the Environment minister, the DUP’s Arlene Foster, reckons it would cost £2.5million over a period of 4 years to set up an Environmental Protection Agency.