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Legislation, policy, regulation and guidance

Defra is responsible for setting legislation, policy, regulations and guidance for a number of environmental issues. There are also several European and international laws and policies that apply.

Use these links to read more, or find out who implements our policies.

Air and water quality, and flooding

Local environment and noise

Chemicals and genetic modification

Waste and recycling

Climate change

Page last modified: 16 September 2009