EA chief admits England will miss 2027 water quality targets

England will miss its already deferred water quality targets out to 2027, according to Environment Agency chief James Bevan

Bevan is mulling changing water quality definitions. Photograph: Michael Charles/123RF

England will miss legally binding 2027 water quality targets, according to Environment Agency (EA) chief executive James Bevan.

Bevan told MPs on the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee that targets set under the Water Framework Directive (WFD) would not be met during an evidence session on the work of the EA, on 22 November.

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