CIEH urges Government to maintain and improve current levels of environmental protection

Publication Date: 27th July 2016

Subject: Environmental protection

Following the news that the Environmental Audit Committee has written to the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, David Davis, and DEFRA Minister Therese Coffey MP, seeking reassurance from the Government around environmental laws that originates from the EU, Howard Price of CIEH, said:  

“Standards for environmental protection derived from European law not only help safeguard the environment and our surroundings but are also important in protecting and improving human health and wellbeing every day.

“The quality of our air and water for example, together with noise - each subjects of current EU Directives – all have the potential to affect our health and echoing the sentiments of the Environmental Audit Committee we would not only urge the Government to maintain existing levels of protection but also consider where those might yet be improved for the benefit of everyone.”

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Notes to editors  

For enquiries, please contact Steven Fifer on: 020 7827 5922 or email s.fifer@cieh.org 

Link to Environmental Audit Committee news story: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/environmental-audit-committee/news-parliament-2015/chair-to-davies-coffey-eu-uk-environmental-policy-16-17/   

For further information regarding our positions on areas of environmental protection: http://www.cieh.org/policy/environmental_protection.html   

About the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH):    

The CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health representing over 9,000 members working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It ensures the highest standards of professional competence in its members, in the belief that through environmental health action people's health can be improved.  

Environmental health has an important and unique contribution to make to improving public health and reducing health inequalities. The CIEH campaigns to ensure that government policy addresses the needs of communities and business in achieving and maintaining improvements to health and health protection.   

The CIEH is a leading provider of regulated qualifications and operates in over 50 countries.  

For more information visit www.cieh.org and follow the CIEH on Twitter @The_CIEH 

  

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