Rainwater mixed with trade effluent counts as waste

A pharmaceutical firm has failed to win an appeal against a water company’s decision to include surface water that had become mixed with trade effluent in its discharge consent fee

Richard Macrory
Richard Macrory, emeritus professor of environmental law

When the Conservative government proposed privatising the water industry in 1986 it originally intended that regulatory functions such as the granting and enforcement of water discharge consents would be handled by the privatised water authorities but against a more explicit set of statutory environmental standards set by government. Environmental NGOs and many in industry were uncomfortable with the model, and there were doubts whether it was legally compatible with EU environmental requirements.

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