Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Water pollution

The UK Environment Agency is kicking up a stink over continuing pollution incidents, leading to court cases against big companies, often major utilities. The agency is demanding tougher penalties for those in breach of regulations.

However, the number of serious pollution incidents has been falling for years, and fell by a fifth in 2002 compared to the previous year.

Which tends to suggest that actually, the problem is coming under control. Still, what are regulators for except to bang on even more about the need for regulation?

UK's big polluters 'fail to learn', BBC News, 30 July 2003


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