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Waste water & sewage

Sewage scandal: MPs reject tougher measures to end pollution

Photograph: Parliament TV

An amendment to the Environment Bill intended to put a swift end to the practice of dumping sewage in England’s rivers and seas was rejected by MPs last night in favour of a softer approach of reducing the impacts of discharges on the environment and public health

Environmental Politics

‘Determined to meddle’: No compromise from DEFRA on OEP independence

The Houses of Parliament. Photograph: Daniel Borg/Getty Images

Ministers have again refused to compromise on the government’s power to offer guidance to the new green watchdog ahead of an Environment Bill debate today in the House of Commons


EA labeled ‘irresponsible’ after appealing landmark human rights ruling

Lawyers have accused the Environment Agency of 'wasting time and taxpayers money' after the regulator lodged an appeal against a High Court ruling, which found that it had failed to protect the life of a five-year-old child in its regulation of the Walleys Quarry landfill in Newcastle-under-Lyme


‘Litany of failures’: 5 things you need to know about NRW's collapsed pollution investigation

More than 45,000 fish began washing up dead in the river Llynfi last year. Photograph: Douglas Sacha/Getty Images

Natural Resources Wales is facing potential legal action over a 'litany of failures' after an investigation into a huge pollution incident which killed 45,000 fish and devastated an ecosystem collapsed. Here’s what you need to know

Water pollution

MAPPED: The popular bathing spot on the frontline of England's sewage problem

Ilkley bathing spot

Data shows a stretch of river in West Yorkshire is the most polluted bathing area in the country, regularly awash with very high levels of harmful bacteria