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  PART IX
  ENVIRONMENTAL FUNCTIONS
 
Report on the state of the environment
The Mayor's environmental report.     309. - (1) The Mayor shall produce and publish a report on the environment in Greater London to be known as a "state of the environment report".
 
      (2) The report required of the Mayor under subsection (1) shall be published-
 
 
    (a) in the case of the first state of the environment report, before the end of the period of three years beginning with the day of the first ordinary election, and
 
    (b) in the case of each state of the environment report subsequent to the first, before the end of the period of four years beginning with the day on which the previous state of the environment report was published.
      (3) A state of the environment report shall contain information about the following matters in relation to Greater London-
 
 
    (a) air quality and emissions to air, including in particular emissions from road traffic,
 
    (b) road traffic levels,
 
    (c) water quality and emissions to water,
 
    (d) ground water levels,
 
    (e) energy consumption and the emission of substances which contribute to climate change,
 
    (f) land quality,
 
    (g) biodiversity,
 
    (h) the production, minimisation, recycling and disposal of waste,
 
    (i) noise,
 
    (j) natural resources, and
 
    (k) litter,
  and may contain information about any other matters in relation to Greater London which the Mayor considers appropriate.
 
      (4) Before producing a state of the environment report, the Mayor shall consult-
 
 
    (a) the Environment Agency,
 
    (b) each London borough council,
 
    (c) the Common Council, and
 
    (d) any other person who the Mayor considers it appropriate to consult.
      (5) A copy of each state of the environment report shall be kept available for the appropriate period by the Mayor for inspection by any person on request free of charge at the principal offices of the Authority at reasonable hours.
 
      (6) A copy of each state of the environment report, or any part of such a report, shall be supplied to any person on request during the appropriate period for such reasonable fee as the Mayor may determine.
 
      (7) In this section "the appropriate period" in the case of any state of the environment report is the period of six years beginning with the date of publication of that report pursuant to this section.
 
 
Biodiversity
The Mayor's biodiversity action plan.     310. - (1) The Mayor shall prepare and publish a document to be known as the "London Biodiversity Action Plan".
 
      (2) The London Biodiversity Action Plan shall contain information about-
 
 
    (a) the ecology of Greater London,
 
    (b) the wildlife of Greater London and its habitat,
 
    (c) any proposals for the conservation and promotion by the Mayor of biodiversity within Greater London, which have been agreed between the Mayor and any person or body he is required to consult in relation to the London Biodiversity Action Plan, and
 
    (d) any commitments as to the conservation and promotion of biodiversity within Greater London made by any person or body who is required to be consulted by the Mayor in relation to the London Biodiversity Action Plan.
      (3) In preparing or revising the London Biodiversity Action Plan the Mayor shall consult-
 
 
    (a) the Nature Conservancy Council for England,
 
    (b) the Countryside Agency, and
 
    (c) the Environment Agency.
      (4) In preparing or revising the London Biodiversity Action Plan the Mayor shall also-
 
 
    (a) have regard to any plans relating to biodiversity prepared by a London borough council or the Common Council, and
 
    (b) have regard to any guidance given to him by the Secretary of State about the matters which he is to take into account in preparing or revising the London Biodiversity Action Plan.
      (5) Where the Mayor revises the London Biodiversity Action Plan, he shall publish it as revised.
 
      (6) In this Act, references to the London Biodiversity Action Plan include, except where the context otherwise requires, a reference to the London Biodiversity Action Plan as revised.
 
 
Waste
The Mayor's municipal waste management strategy.     311. - (1) The Mayor shall prepare and publish a document to be known as the "municipal waste management strategy".
 
      (2) The municipal waste management strategy-
 
 
    (a) shall contain the Mayor's proposals and policies for the recovery, treatment and disposal of municipal waste, and
 
    (b) may contain such other proposals and policies relating to municipal waste as he considers appropriate.
      (3) In preparing the municipal waste management strategy the Mayor is to have regard to the plans prepared by waste collection authorities in Greater London in accordance with section 49 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (waste recycling plans).
 
      (4) In preparing or revising the municipal waste management strategy the Mayor shall have regard to-
 
 
    (a) the strategy prepared by the Secretary of State in accordance with section 44A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (the national waste strategy), and
 
    (b) any guidance given to him by the Secretary of State for the purposes of the implementation of that strategy and relating to the content of the municipal waste management strategy.
      (5) In preparing or revising the municipal waste management strategy the Mayor shall consult-
 
 
    (a) the Environment Agency,
 
    (b) waste disposal authorities in Greater London,
 
    (c) any waste disposal authority the area of which has a boundary which adjoins any part of the boundary of Greater London,
 
    (d) local authorities in whose areas municipal waste is disposed of by waste disposal authorities in Greater London or is proposed in the strategy to be so disposed of, and
 
    (e) any other body which is concerned with the minimisation, recovery, treatment or disposal of municipal waste and which the Mayor considers it appropriate to consult.
      (6) Where the Mayor revises the municipal waste management strategy, he shall publish it as revised.
 
      (7) In this Act, references to the municipal waste management strategy include, except where the context otherwise requires, a reference to the municipal waste management strategy as revised.
 
Directions by the Secretary of State.     312. - (1) Where the Secretary of State considers that either of the conditions specified in subsection (2) below is satisfied, he may give the Mayor a direction about the content of the municipal waste management strategy.
 
      (2) The conditions mentioned in subsection (1) above are-
 
 
    (a) that the municipal waste management strategy or its implementation is likely to be detrimental to any area outside Greater London, or
 
    (b) that a direction about the content of the municipal waste management strategy is required for the purposes of the implementation of the policies contained in the strategy prepared by the Secretary of State in accordance with section 44A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (national waste strategy).
      (3) The power of the Secretary of State to give a direction to the Mayor under subsection (1) above-
 
 
    (a) may be exercised either generally or specially, and
 
    (b) may only be exercised after consultation with the Mayor.
      (4) Where the Secretary of State gives the Mayor a direction under subsection (1) above, the Mayor shall comply with the direction.
 
Duties of waste collection authorities etc.     313. In exercising any function under Part II of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (waste on land)-
 
 
    (a) each of the waste collection authorities in Greater London, and
 
    (b) each of the waste disposal authorities in Greater London,
  shall have regard to the municipal waste management strategy.
 
 
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