Analysis

Royal Commission seeks more precautionary approach to water quality

The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP) took six years to produce its latest report, on freshwater quality.1 Some may complain that it contains little fresh thinking. But the report urges less reliance on the capacity of the environment to deal with waste, and more intensive monitoring and openness in reporting on water quality. Together the recommendations add up to a radically more protective approach to environmental protection.

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