DoE passes the buck over delays in sewage clean-up

Two controversial official decisions on the implementation of EC water Directives may have exposed the UK to a risk of further legal action before the European Court of Justice. One is the deferral of four sewerage schemes in Devon and Cornwall which the National Rivers Authority (NRA) believes to be essential to comply with the 1976 Directive on bathing water quality. The second, the reclassification of the Humber estuary as a coastal water under the 1991 Directive on urban waste water treatment, is an attempt to allow Yorkshire Water to avoid anything more than primary treatment of sewage from Hull.

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