Greenpeace and NRA in bust-up over discharge consents

A concerted attack by Greenpeace on the consent system for industrial discharges has brought it into renewed conflict with the National Rivers Authority (NRA). The campaign to scrap discharge consents - which Greenpeace claims "legalise pollution" - has been roundly condemned by both the NRA and industry, but has drawn attention to several flaws in the system.

The "no legal pollution" campaign was timed to increase pressure on the Government in the build-up to a meeting in Paris during September at which Ministers agreed a new convention to protect the North Sea (see pp 29-30 ). A five-week tour of the most polluted estuaries by the Greenpeace ship MV Solo was backed up

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