De Ramsey’s failure to put green principles into practice included reports that he gave:
permission to allow houses to be built on greenfield land he owns
permission to allow genetically-modified sugar beet to be grown on land he owns
instruction to his chauffeur to make a 100-mile trip to drive him from King’s Cross Station to the Environment Agency’s offices in Westminster, a distance of 2.7 miles.
Environmental groups, including Friends of the Earth, called for De Ramsey’s resignation several times in 1998.
Michael Meacher, UK Minister for the Environment, announced that PricewaterhouseCoopers will recruit the next chair of the EA. The deadline for applicants is 31 August.