Bathing water ruling exposes breach of EC law

In what appears to be the first reported case concerning the standards introduced by the 1976 EC Directive on bathing water quality, the High Court has upheld a decision by the National Rivers Authority (NRA) to grant consent for a long-sea outfall for sewage discharges. But the case has called into question whether the Government is meeting obligations laid down by the Directive for controlling the presence of viruses in bathing waters.

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