From containment news, originally printed in Famers Guardian

Jill Crawford, who works for the UK Environmental Law Association, sounded the alarm at a Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport Forum (WEETF) event in London last month. The EA has seen its environmental protection budget slashed by 55 per cent since 2010/11, from £113m to £50m in 2016/17. “It is vital our existing environmental regulators are adequately resourced,” Ms Crawford said. “There is concern about Natural England, but there has also been a huge drop in recent prosecutions by the EA and that is not being accompanied by a rise in civil sanctions. “We do not know what is going on with enforcement, but it is a concern that even the EA now is suffering from a lack of resources.”

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