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Flooding: MPs call for Environment Agency overhaul

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Responding to today’s call, from a committee of MPs, for the Environment Agency to be overhauled to protect communities from rising flood risk, Friends of the Earth climate campaigner Guy Shrubsole said:

“Abolishing the Environment Agency’s role in flooding, as this report proposes, is a terrible idea, which would waste vital expertise and could cause more delays in planning better ways to avoid flooding.

“The environment committee clearly understands that better management of our rivers and waterways needs more joined-up thinking – not less. This includes working with nature across entire river catchments and dealing with climate change.

“Government should heed MPs’ welcome proposals to tackle flooding at root – but not distracting proposals to break up the Environment Agency.”

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Notes to editors:

1. Future Flood Prevention: New report by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee.

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