Raw sewage breaches in UK rivers 10 times greater than watchdog estimates

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In 2020 there were 160 breaches of Environment Agency permits to release sewage into rivers, UCL professor tells MPs

The scale of water companies illegally discharging sewage is 10 times greater than the Environment Agency (EA) estimates, MPs have been told.

Peter Hammond, former professor of computational biology at University College London, now retired, said his analysis of sewage treatment works found in 2020 alone 160 breaches of permits granted by the watchdog to allow sewage discharges.

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