EA hits back at allegations it is failing to protect rivers from pollution

EA chair Emma Howard Boyd has hit back at news reports accusing the agency of leaving “water companies free to pollute” England’s rivers and has in turn challenged the government to “step up to the plate” and increase funding for protecting the environment.

Over the weekend, The Times ran a story alleging that dangerous pollutants in rivers have reached their highest levels since modern testing began, with no rivers certified as safe for swimming. The newspaper followed the report with an editorial blaming water companies for sewage spills and the agency for failing to get tough with the sector. 

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