Research and analysis

The Environment Agency and genetically modified organisms

The results of a study of the current and likely developments in biotechnology with an assessment of the effects on Environment Agency activities.


The Environment Agency and Genetically Modified Organisms

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The overall objective of the project was to provide the Agency with sufficient knowledge and advice about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to enable it to develop its view on their possible significance for Environment Agency activities. Although not a ‘front-line’ regulator in the development, testing or marketing of GMOs, the Environment Agency nevertheless has an interest in the current and future direction of GMO developments because there are a number of areas in which such developments may impact upon issues in which it has a remit. These include waste regulation, integrated pollution control, diffuse pollution (particularly from agriculture), bioremediation of contaminated sites and biodiversity.

Published 1 January 2002