The Environment Agency has told its officials to scale back inspections of incidents of bathing water contamination and instead rely on water company assessments.
England has over 400 designated bathing waters from beaches to lochs in the Cotswolds and a serpentine river in London. However, some are regularly affected by sewage spills including those that have plagued the Isle of Wight, Cornish Bay and beaches along the south east coast in recent weeks.
Although public concern has been growing over the issue, the country’s environment regulator has issued special guidelines that weaken the inspection regime when people report pollution incidents.Read:Man dies after three vehicle crash near Kingussie which closed major road A9 overnight
One UN activist said the shift was “like asking a firefighter to assess fire damage” and “a hammer blow” to clean water efforts.
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