The Anglo-Welsh environment agency is proposing to loosen controls on industries that discharge effluent direct to rivers or the sea when these pose a low risk to the environment. One option would be to introduce self monitoring for some installations, the agency said in a consultation launched on 5 December. It argues the change would enable it to concentrate on 6,000 high-risk activities. All installations would first have to go through a risk assessment procedure known as "Opra" which is already used for waste landfills. See consultation.
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