Sewage Outfall discharging into river


Fish Legal mounts legal challenge against Environment Agency for lowering standards for water companies by the back door

24th September 2021

Ahead of World Rivers Day on Sunday 26th September, Fish Legal has issued a letter before action to the Environment Agency following the publication of a regulatory position statement that allows sewage discharges, which would otherwise be unlawful, due to supply chain failures in waste water treatment processing linked to Brexit and Covid.

Fish Legal issued the letter claiming that a decision by the regulator to relax conditions in the permits held by water companies in England because of a shortage of chemicals used to treat sewage effluent is unlawful.  The Environment Agency has until the end of September to respond.

The Regulatory Position Statement for Water and Sewerage Company Effluent Discharges is here.

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