UK Government Promises Legal Duty to Reduce Sewage Dumpson October 27, 2021 at 5:22 pm

The UK government agreed to compromise on Tuesday as the House of Lords pushed through an amendment on sewage discharge for the second time. It promised to propose a “very similar” amendment when the Environment Bill returns to the House of Commons. The Lord’s amendment—which places legal obligations on water companies to stop polluting England’s waterways during heavy rainfall—was previously rejected in the Commons on Oct. 20, as the government whipped Conservative MPs against it, drawing intense backlash on social media. On Tuesday, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said the Environment Bill “will be further strengthened with an amendment that will see a duty enshrined in law to ensure water companies secure a progressive reduction in the adverse impacts of discharges from storm overflows.” Environment Secretary George Eustice said the government had already published a strategy for water service regulator Ofwat “mandating them to progressively reduce the discharge of …

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