Therese Coffey acknowledges delaying legal environment targets

Ministers had set Oct. 31 to publish goals related to air, water and wildlife quality, waste reduction, and resource efficiency.

The environment minister has acknowledged that landmark legally binding goals to clean up British waters and boost the abundance of wild species have been delayed.

Therese Coffey said the government will be behind a Monday deadline to publish its targets under its commitments under post-Brexit environmental law. Her Conservative counterpart Lord Lucas accused the RSPB of being “false liars” as the charity raised concerns.

Ministers had set Oct. 31 to publish goals related to air, water and wildlife quality, waste reduction, and resource efficiency.

Therese Coffey said the government will be behind a Monday deadline to publish its targets under its commitments under post-Brexit environmental law. Credit: Kim Moog

But Kofi told lawmakers in a written ministerial statement that he would be late because the 180,000 responses to his consultations need “analysis and careful consideration.”

“Given the volume of material and the significant public response, we will not be able to publish targets by October 31, as required by law,” she said. “However, I would like to assure this board and all interested parties that we will continue to work expeditiously towards drafting legal instruments as soon as practicable.”

Using the hashtag “AttackOnNature”, RSPB England shared a video on Twitter of Green MP Caroline Lucas asking the Prime Minister about the Liz Truss government’s “destroying nature”.

During the past month, there have been many accidents of untreated sewage being pumped into the sea on the south coast,

Lord Lucas replied, “You liar. There is no attack on nature, there has been no attack on nature, and this is what Rishi affirms. You used to be, and can again be, a source of valuable and honest advice. But not while you are addicted to these.” The heinous lie.”

Sunak spoke of his pride in the House of Commons of the “historic” environmental law, adding: “We will achieve all of these ambitions.”

Katie Jo Luxton, RSPB Director of Conservation, said: “It is deeply concerning that Defra has failed to meet the deadline for setting legally binding targets pledged in environmental law. Nor have they given a clear indication of a new deadline, leaving a big question mark about when We can expect to see the ultimate goals.

“Purposeful and ambitious targets should spur action over the next decade and beyond, and reassure the public, who are rightly concerned that nearly half of England’s wildlife is in decline and more than one in ten species is threatened with extinction.”

Labor Shadow Environment Minister Jim McMahon said: “The government’s admission that it will not meet the deadline for its Environmental Act targets is a major embarrassment to them and of grave concern to the UK’s environment.

“Failure to meet the statutory deadline to deliver targets to ensure we have clean land and water amounts to a massive dereliction of duty.”