A further improvement in the quality of UK rivers and bathing waters has been reported, taking both to record highs. Key elements include confirmation that beaches along England's north-west coast met EU standards for the first time this summer, leading the European Commission to withdraw a legal action that could have seen the UK being fined up to UK£70,000 (euros 115,000) per day (EED 04/10/01).
Around the UK, 95.2% of coastal bathing waters passed mandatory standards set in the EU bathing water directive. This compares with 94.3% in 2000 and an EU-wide average in that year of 96.5% (EED 21/05/01).
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