Inland waters to be designatedunder EC bathing water rules

For the first time in 20 years, inland waters in Britain are to be designated under the 1976 EC Directive on bathing water quality. The decision was revealed prematurely by junior Environment Minister Angela Eagle during a parliamentary hearing at which she also urged the European Commission to scrap a proposal to tighten up the Directive.

Ms Eagle's slip occurred on 29 April as she was explaining the Government's stance towards two EC water proposals to the House of Commons European Standing Committee.

Questioned about when the Government will respond to the recent report on sewage treatment by the House of Commons Environment Committee (ENDS Report 277, pp 31-32 

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