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Give the Environment Agency the funds and freedom to protect English rivers

Submitted by Guy Linley-Adams on Monday 17th May 2021

Published on Monday 24th May 2021

Current status: Closed

Closed: Wednesday 24th November 2021

Signatures: 10,650

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Bodies ~ Companies ~ environment ~ Environment Agency ~ Freedom ~ Government ~ INCREASE ~ Law ~ River ~ The Government ~ Water Companies

Petition Action

Give the Environment Agency the funds and freedom to protect English rivers

Petition Details

The Government must reverse years of cuts to Agency budgets, increase charges for polluters, and give the Agency freedom from overly business-friendly Government codes and guidance, so it can pursue and achieve its principal statutory objective to protect and enhance English rivers

Additional Information

Over 10% of freshwater species are threatened with extinction and two thirds are in decline, including salmon. Only 14% of rivers are at good ecological status. 26% of groundwater bodies are at poor status. 40% of rivers suffer pollution from rural areas. Pollution incidents, caused by agriculture and water companies, occur routinely with almost no response from the Agency. Too little monitoring, inspection, enforcement and prosecution of existing pollution law.

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