Environment Agency reveals rise in pollution incidents

The Environment Agency has missed a target to contain the number of serious pollution incidents in England to 400 a year, according to figures published this week

Gayton Brook pollution
There were 492 pollution incidents in the 12 months to July/September last year

The Environment Agency has missed a target to contain the number of serious pollution incidents in England to 400 a year, according to figures published this week.

The Environment Agency (EA) recorded 492 pollution incidents in the 12 months to July/September last year, surpassing its target of 400 by almost 25%, according to the regulator’s corporate scorecard report for Q2 2018/19. It reveals a “red” indicator against pollution incidents, as well as its targets to reduce the number of illegal waste sites and to create new habitats.

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