Scale of contaminated sediment risks to be revealed

DEFRA will soon know the scale of the risks from contaminated sediments and will develop a sediments management policy to help it achieve Water Framework Directive objectives

Dredging can re-suspend contaminated sediments. Photograph: Milan Gonda/123RFDEFRA will soon know the scale of the risks posed by contaminated sediments in England.

Consultancy Royal Haskoning DHV is due to report the findings of a three-year investigation into contaminated sediments to DEFRA this October and it is expected that they will be made public before the end of the year.

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