Anglo-Welsh agency consults on trade effluents

Agency proposes to relax controls on low-risk installations to focus its attention on high-risk ones

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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