Water company spill trigger details under review

The Environment Agency is doing more work on changes to water company permits after industry and NGOs said proposals were “oversimplified”

Some high-risk storm overflows associated with bathing or shellfish waters are spilling much more often than their design expectations. Photograph: Dominic Alves/123RFPlans to force water companies in England to investigate themselves if they spill sewage into protected coastal areas more than a set number of times are being revised by the Environment Agency (EA).

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