Pollution from oil and chemical stores: a dismal tale of Government inertia

Industrial oil and chemical leaks are two of the most common and serious causes of water pollution. Analyses by the National Rivers Authority (NRA) have shown that the majority of such incidents are preventable by simple measures. Powers to set minimum standards for oil and chemical stores have been available since 1974, and the Government promised to use them in 1984 and then every year since 1991 - but each time it has failed to deliver.

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