EA chair hints that budget cuts hinder action on pollution

Emma Howard Boyd, the chair of the Environment Agency (EA), has defended her organisation’s performance and blamed an increase in serious water pollution incidents on funding cuts.

Writing in the Times yesterday, Boyd said the newspaper’s leader on Saturday suggested that the EA was failing to tackle pollution by water and sewerage companies.

This followed on from EA figures published last week, which revealed serious pollution incidents were up 27% last year, compared to 2017.

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