The Environment Act 1995 (Commencement No. 26) Order 2020

Jurisdiction: England, Scotland, Wales

Commencement: 1st April 2020

Amends: The Environment Act 1995

Mini Summary

The Environment Act 1995 carries very few direct requirements for businesses, but sets up the Environment Agency and Scottish Environment Protection Agency and contains duties for certain local authorities and other authorities. It is the foundation for many pieces of secondary legislation (Regulations and Orders).



Section 118(4) and (5) of the Environment Act 1995 (‘the Act’) relating to application to the Isles of Scilly are brought into force on the 1st April 2020. This means that the Act shall not apply in relation to the Isles of Scilly; however, the Secretary of State, after consultation with the Council of the Isles of Scilly, can make an Order to apply any relevant provisions of the Act if they decide to at any time.

These sections substitute section 222 of the Water Industry Act 1991 and section 224 of the Water Resources Act 1991, both of which relate to applying the provisions of the Act to the Isles of Scilly.

There are no changes in duties for organisations.


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