England will miss legally binding 2027 water quality targets, according to Environment Agency (EA) chief executive James Bevan.
Bevan told MPs on the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee that targets set under the Water Framework Directive (WFD) would not be met during an evidence session on the work of the EA, on 22 November.
All rivers, lakes, estuaries, coastal waters and groundwaters were supposed to have been brought up to ‘good’ ecological status by 2015 as set out under the WFD, but the EA sought exemptions to delay compliance to 2021 and then 2027, citing expense, technical difficulty and delayed recovery.
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