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    1. Reviewing and revising plans: interim targets(1) On the first review of the first environmental improvement plan, the Secretaryof State must revise the plan so as to—(a) set at least one interim target in respect of each relevant matter, and(b) secure that there is at all times, until the end of the 5 year periodbeginning with the relevant date, an interim target set by the plan inrespect of each relevant matter

      so actually, the first of the annual EIP review sets one milestone re headline targets? Very unclear here if an interim target aims to be a target to achieve within that 5 year EIP period

    2. (2) In considering the matters in subsection (1)(b) the Secretary of State mustconsider the progress that has been made towards meeting—(a) any targets set under sections 1 and 2, and(b) any interim targets set under sections 10 and 13.(3) In considering the matters in subsection (1)(c) the Secretary of State mustconsider whether Her Majesty’s Government should take further or differentsteps (compared to those set out in the old plan) towards meeting any targetsset under sections 1 and 2

      Surely 3 should cover interim targets too?

    3. 3 Renewing plans: interim targets(1) A new plan prepared by the Secretary of State under section 12 must—(a) set at least one interim target in respect of each relevant matter, and(b) secure that there is at all times, until the end of the 5 year periodbeginning with the relevant date, an interim target set by the plan inrespect of each relevant matter.(2) A “relevant matter” means any matter in respect of which there is a targetunder section 1 or 2.

      dubious as limiting no. of targets under 1&2 hugely limits this bit

    4. Before setting or revising an interim target in respect of a matter the Secretaryof State must be satisfied that meeting the target, or the revised target, wouldmake an appropriate contribution towards meeting the target under section 1or 2 in respect of that matter

      SoS only authority on appropriateness of targets?

    5. (3) The significant improvement test is met if meeting—(a) the targets set under sections 1 and 2, and(b) any other environmental targets which meet the conditions insubsection (8) and which the Secretary of State considers it appropriateto take into account,would significantly improve the natural environment in England.(4) Having carried out the review the Secretary of State must lay beforeParliament, and publish, a report stating—(a) whether the Secretary of State considers that the significantimprovement test is met, and(b) if the Secretary of State considers that the test is not met, the steps theSecretary of State intends to take in relation to the powers in section 1and 2 to ensure that it is met.(5) The first review must be completed by 31 January 2023.

      This seems to suggest that the reviews will be ensuring targets are appropriately ambitious rather than if the ambition is being appropriately delivered

    6. Regulations under section 1 or 2 are subject to the affirmative procedure

      Target settings SIs to be affirmative

    7. (3) The Secretary of State may make regulations under section 1 or 2 which revokeor lower a target (the “existing target”) only if satisfied that

      ACTUAL PROCESS FOR REGRESSION

    8. Environmental targets: particulate matter

      Air specific additional PM target

    9. must exercise the power in subsection (1) so as to set along-term target in respect of at least one matter within each priority area

      only 'must' is one per (limited) area - also no req for targets by certain date?

    10. “long-term” target if the specified date is no less than 15 years after

      is this LT enough/too LT?

    11. A target set under this section must specify—(a) a standard to be achieved, which must be capable of being objectivelymeasured, and(b) a date by which it is to be achieved

      Monitoring and milestones

    12. Environmental targets

      Weak targets clause

  3. Mar 2019