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NGOs accuse NERC of 'unlawful' action over Antarctic plans
Greenpeace is leading a group of four non-governmental organisations in an attack on the Natural Environment Research Council, warning that its consultation on merging the British Antarctic Survey and the National Oceanography Centre was “unlawful”. The group, which includes Friends of the Earth, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and WWF-UK, has written to Duncan Wingham, NERC’s chief executive, expressing “grave concerns” that the council “failed to comply with the basic legal requirements of a fair and adequate consultation” when putting forward its proposal on the merger. According to the NGOs, NERC failed to allow enough time for responses and appeared to present the merger as a foregone conclusion in the consultation, which closed on 10 October. Having sought legal advice, they argue that a four-week consultation was “plainly inadequate” and that the council should have given respondents...
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