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England to diverge from EU water monitoring standards

The government is to diverge from the European Union’s standards for monitoring water quality, it can be revealed.

Campaigners fear the change of approach could lead to more pollution in England’s rivers and waterways if the new measuring methods are less rigorous.
While in the EU, England was under the water framework directive (WFD) which meant a national chemical and ecological survey of rivers was conducted annually. After Brexit, the WFD was transposed into English law but the government removed the requirement to conduct annual tests.

This is the latest example of the UK diverging from EU environmental standards. Recent analysis found that many toxic chemicals and pesticides banned in the bloc since Brexit are still not outlawed for use in the UK. Ministers are also attempting to rip up EU-derived sewage pollution rules for housebuilders.

In 2019, the last time the full water assessments took place, just 14% of rivers were in good ecological health and none met standards for good chemical health. The government has said it does not intend to deliver a complete update until 2025, the latest permissible under the new WFD.

England to diverge from EU water monitoring standards | Rivers | The Guardian



  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,678

    World leaders, that’s us.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Where will it all end?😥
    Where the Wild Things Are
     ...that is where I would prefer to be...
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  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,043
    Standards won't stop falling until they hit the bottom.
     More cash in the pockets of the already well-off.
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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,705
    Good old Brexit. 
    I hope those who voted for it are very pleased with themselves
  • didywdidyw Posts: 3,340
    It's beyond belief.  
    Gardening in East Suffolk on dry sandy soil.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,705
    tories are more interested in the shareholders getting their dividends then water quality or the environment.
    I'm still waiting for someone to give me one single benefit to the domestic customer from the privitisation of water. 
    We don't have the choice of who supplies our water, there is NO competition. 
    Any improvement have come through significant price rises . 
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,349
    Hostafan1 said:
    Good old Brexit. 
    I hope those who voted for it are very pleased with themselves
    Amazingly some still are :) 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Balgay.HillBalgay.Hill Posts: 1,073
    I wonder if this will affect Scotland, as our water is under public ownership.
    Sunny Dundee
  • FireFire Posts: 18,015
    more electoral suicide
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