Discharge screening set to change

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

Environment Agency screening tightens over discharges (photograph: Iuril Konoval/123RF)The 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 in late December. 

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