UK still in breach of EU sewage pollution ruling, MP claims

The government has failed to prevent sewage being pumped onto a beach in England despite a 2012 EU court ruling demanding the situation be rectified by December 2017, according to an MP and her constituent.

The long-running issue was raised last week in parliament by Labour MP for South Shields Emma Lewell-Buck, prompting environment secretary Theresa Villliers to promise to look into the matter. 

Local resident Robert Latimer first complained to the European Commission in 2000 about sewage flowing onto Whitburn beach and into the sea, alleging that Northumbrian Water, the Environment Agency and DEFRA had failed to take action to remedy the problem.

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