Smaller releases to be cut from pollution listing

The Environment Agency wants to streamline its pollution inventory by removing dozens of less commonly released substances from reporting obligations, even though some are very toxic.

A consultation released by the Environment Agency in December proposes to strike out a large number of substances included in its pollution inventory, some of them highly toxic.1 The Agency intends to exclude emissions data on 39 substances, 30 of them volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Eight new substances will be included, seven of which are specific pollutants under the EU water framework Directive (ENDS Report 390, pp 43-44

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