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UK environmental protections ‘being flouted’

UK environmental protections ‘being flouted’

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Getty ImagesEnvironmental campaigners have accused the government of hypocrisy by setting out environmental protection principles while simultaneously flouting them.UK ministers have just published long-awaited principles that will inform government decision-making.They say they intend to put the environment at the heart of their policy.But the document exempts the Treasury and the Ministry of Defence from being bound by the principles.And environmentalists complain that the principles are meaningless anyway, because the government presses on with activities that will harm the planet – such as the planned Cumbria coalmine and the £27bn road-building programme. The principles have been laid out in a consultation document linked to the Environment Bill. Following Brexit, these principles wil...