Tighter screening for hazardous pollutants in water discharges

The Environment Agency will press ahead with changes to environmental risk assessment guidance despite concerns they may not protect sensitive species and could increase costs

Water discharges will be subject to tighter screening Photo: Iuril Konoval rf123The Environment Agency (EA) is tightening screening criteria for hazardous pollutants in surface water discharges, but environmental permits will not cover all substances.

The changes were revealed in a partial response to a consultation on proposed changes to H1 environmental risk assessment guidance, published on 30 December. The guidance helps operators show how they are managing health and environmental risks when they apply for a permit.

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