EXCLUSIVE: Environment Agency incident attendance drops by 63%

The total number of reported environmental incidents attended by the Environment Agency has declined by more than half amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, raising concerns that polluters are being given a free rein to violate regulations without consequences.

by Wil Crisp
Environment Agency incidence command unit vehicle parked at a bridge
The Environment Agency attended fewer incidents despite an increase in incidents reports in 2020. Photograph: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

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