Records of the Environment Agency
Records of the Environment Agency will contain information on the following subjects: water resources; water pollution control; flood defence and land drainage; fisheries; navigation, harbour and conservancy functions; waste regulation and disposal; integrated pollution control; radioactive substances; contaminated land; and abandoned mines.
There will also be records created by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Pollution, the National Rivers Authority and waste regulation functions of local authorities, all of which transferred into the Agency when it was created in 1996.
Environment Agency: Bathing Water Directive: Dataset, RD 1. RD 2 is a Number not used.
National Rivers Authority Board minutes and papers, RD 3.
Environment Agency Board minutes and papers, RD 4.
Environment Agency Advisory Committee minutes and papers, RD 5.
For series created for regularly archived websites, please see the separate Websites Division.
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Pollution, 1987-1996
The Environment Agency was created under the Environment Act 1995, and became fully operational in April 1996. It assumed responsibility for the functions of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) and the National Rivers Authority (NRA). The Agency also took on a small number of units from the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions dealing with aspects of waste regulation and contaminated land, as well as the waste regulatory functions of 83 local authorities, including the London Waste Regulatory Authority.
On its creation the Environment Agency's main sponsor in government was the Department of the Environment, with sponsorship links to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) for flood and coastal defence issues and fisheries functions. In addition the Welsh Office sponsored Agency activities in Wales. In June 1997 sponsorship transferred to the new Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR), and in 1999 the National Assembly for Wales took over Environment Agency activities in Wales. In June 2001 the new Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) became the Agency's parent department.
The Environment Agency is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB). Its Board is appointed by Ministers, through whom it is accountable to Parliament. The Environment Agency is organised in three tiers - Head Office, 8 regions and 26 areas. Head Office is responsible for setting policies and standards to ensure a consistent national approach and has a major role in financial control. Operational activities are carried out at regional and area level. The Environment Agency also contains National Services and Centres. National Services are specialist support services for the organisation, where it is considered more efficient to have only one Service providing for the organisation as a whole. National Centres are internationally recognised centres of expertise and excellence.
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