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The Environment Agency is a statutory body of the UK Government and its principal aim, as defined in Section 4 of the Environment Act 1995, is:

"In discharging its functions so to protect or enhance the environment, taken as a whole, as to make the contribution towards attaining the objective of achieving sustainable development that Ministers consider appropriate." (P12.14.sib1)

The information below is taken directly from the website:


Our vision for the environment and a sustainable future is:

a healthy, rich and diverse environment in England and Wales, for present and future generations.

The fundamental goals we want to help achieve:

  • a better quality of life. People will have peace of mind from knowing that they live in a healthier environment, richer in wildlife and natural diversity - an environment that they will care for and can use, appreciate and enjoy.
  • an enhanced environment for wildlife. Wildlife will thrive in urban and rural areas. Habitats will improve in their extent and quality to sustainable levels for the benefit of all species. Everyone will understand the importance of safeguarding biodiversity.

The environmental outcomes for which we are striving:

  • cleaner air for everyone. We will have cleaner and healthier air. The emission of chemical pollutants into the atmosphere will decline greatly and will be below the level at which they can do significant harm.
  • improved and protected inland and coastal waters. Our rivers, lakes and coastal waters will be far cleaner. They will sustain diverse and healthy ecosystems, water sports and recreation such as boating and fishing, and those uses needed by a thriving and healthy community.
  • restored, protected land with healthier soils. Our land and soils in the countryside and towns will be exposed far less to pollutants. They will support a wide range of uses, including production of healthy, nutritious food and other crops, without damaging wildlife or human health. Contaminated and damaged land will be restored and protected.

The changes we will seek:

  • a 'greener' business world. Industry and businesses will value the services that come from a rich and diverse natural environment. In the process, they will reap the benefits of sustainable business practices, improve competitiveness and value to shareholders and secure trust in the wider community.
  • wiser, sustainable use of natural resources. Business, public agencies, other organisations and individuals will minimise the waste they produce. They will reuse and recycle materials far more intensively, and will make more efficient use of energy and materials.

The risks and problems we will help manage, prevent and overcome:

  • limiting and adapting to climate change. Drastic cuts will have been made in the emission of 'greenhouse gases' such as carbon dioxide and society as a whole will take account of, and be prepared for, the probable changes to our climate.
  • reducing flood risk. Flood warnings and sustainable defences will continue to prevent deaths from flooding. Property damage and distress will be minimised. The role of wetlands in reducing flood risks will be recognised and all the environmental benefits from natural floods will be maximised.
Dates Referenced May 2001
Contact Details

Environment Agency Headquarters
Rio House
Waterside Drive
Aztec West
BS12 4UD

National Customer Contact Centre (NCCC) 08708 506 506

Emergency Hotline 0800 807060 Call this for emergencies, like reporting a pollution incident.
Floodline 0845 9881188 Call this to get information on flooding.
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Specific References (Please note - website addresses change frequently and all references are dated accordingly. If hyperlinks are no longer active, please inform us)

Reference Section of Website Specific Website link
W39.31May01.sib1 Foot and Mouth disease outbreak: Guidance on ash disposal arising from Pyres and mobile incinerators (Full Text Available) www.environment-agency.gov.uk/yourenv/
W39.31May01.sib2 Foot and Mouth disease outbreak: The role of the Environment Agency http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/yourenv/
W39.31May01.sib3 Foot and Mouth disease outbreak: Licensed Landfill Sites that are Suitable for the Disposal of Carcasses (Full Text Available) http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/yourenv/
W39.31May01.sib4 Foot and Mouth disease outbreak: Advice on the use and disposal of disinfectants (Full Text Available) http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/yourenv/
W39.31May01.sib5 Foot and Mouth disease outbreak: Advice on disposal of manure, slurry and dirty water (Full Text Available) http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/yourenv/
W39.31May01.sib6 Foot and Mouth disease outbreak: Visiting the countryside - how you can help (Full Text Available) http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/yourenv/
W39.31May01.sib7 Environment Agency urges care with Disinfectants during Foot and Mouth Outbreak - 16 March 2001 http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/news/
W39.31May01.sib8 Foot and Mouth disease control: a brief guide to the role of the Environment Agency in England and Wales http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/
W39.31May01.sib9 Protocols for the use of licensed landfills for the disposal of animal carcasses during the Foot and Mouth Outbreak http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/
W39.04Jun01.sib1 Risks from BSE via environmental pathways (Full Text Available) http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/
W39.Aug03.w1 Above Ground Oil Storage Tanks: Pollution Prevention Guidance 2 http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/commondata/105385/ppg02.pdf
W39.Sept03.w1 Oil Storage Regulations http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/commondata/acrobat/_oil_storage_regs.pdf
W39.Sept03.w2 Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001 http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/commondata/105385/defra_green_book_osr.pdf
W39.15Feb05.w1 Oil Care Code http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/commondata/
W39.15Feb05.w2 Oil Care at Work http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/commondata/
W39.21Jun05.w1 Oil pollution http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/ourviews/857255/880418/?version=1&lang=_e

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