NRA wins fight with Greenpeace over discharge control policy

The first attempt by an environmental group to challenge a central enforcement body's compliance with its legal duties has ended with the National Rivers Authority (NRA) dealing Greenpeace a bloody nose and a hefty legal bill.

The unprecedented action was initiated by Greenpeace shortly after it blocked an effluent outfall from Albright & Wilson's chemical works in Whitehaven, Cumbria, last autumn.

The group followed up by asking the High Court to allow a judicial review of the NRA's oversight of the plant. Greenpeace claimed that the company, one of the UK's biggest dischargers of metals to the sea, had been weakly regulated and monitored by the NRA. The g

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