UK news Anglian Water 'breaching limit of treated sewage released into River Cam' last minute news
PremierLeague-News.Com- The environment agency said the facility has been exceeding a limit set by its permit on discharges into the River Cam
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The Cambridge Waste Water Treatment Plant has been breaching its permit for the amount of treated sewage effluent it can release into the River Cam since 2015, the Environment Agency says. The facility, located in Milton and run by Anglian Water, has been exceeding its quantity limit for treated sewage effluent, but the discharge is of a higher standard than the permit requires, the Environment Agency said, and so the environmental impact is “considered minimal”. The Environment Agency told the Local Democracy Reporting Service that it has written warning letters to the water company for exceeding the permit, but that it has taken no further enforcement action. Read More Related Articles Cambridge market to reopen following huge backlash Read More Related Articles Addenbrooke's hospital staff receive first Covid vaccine in Cambridge Anglian Water has submitted a proposal which would increase the treatment works' discharge limit until a new facility is built, but the Environment Agency says it is awaiting a formal application. The Greater Cambridge Planning Service local plan documents say a new water treatment facility is expected by 2030. The water treatment works’ permit has two kinds of discharge quantity limit: its dry weather flow limit, which controls how much treated sewage can be discharged into the river during periods when there is no heavy rain, and it also has separate limits for stormier conditions. The Environment Agency says the permit breach, in this case, is limited to dry weather flow permit limits. The Environment Agency, which is responsible for regulating the conditions of the permit and taking enforcement action if required, said the Cambridge Waste Water Treatment Plant, also known as the Cambridge Water Recycling Centre, “has been non-compliant with one aspect of the volume limit since 2015” and that as a result, the company has received “formal warning letters in relation to discharges exceeding the permitted quantity”. 'The Environment Agency takes pollution incidents very seriously' The Environment Agency said it has been in discussion with Anglian Water about increasing the permitted flow, and that any increase in the permitted discharge from the site will be matched by a tightening in the minimum effluent quality so that the overall nutrient load to the River Cam is not increased.
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. As England’s environmental regulator, the Environment Agency takes pollution incidents very seriously, and all water companies have strict conditions around abstraction and discharge specified through their permits. “We are doing everything we can, with the legal powers and resources we have, to ensure these permits are complied with, including hitting water companies with fines and enforcement undertakings for failing to comply with measures designed to protect precious rivers like the Cam.
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City council's share of council tax set to rise by 2.5 per cent in Cambridge “We know that climate change, population growth and increasing urban areas are putting pressure on sewerage capacity, but we are clear that water companies prioritise the environment while they plan for the future.” An Anglian Water spokesperson said: “We acknowledge that we are currently exceeding our permitted dry weather flow limit at our Cambridge Waste Water Treatment Plant. “We have already made a ‘pre-application request’ to the Environment Agency regarding an increase to this permit. We received a response on October 9 in which the Environment Agency asked that we liaise with Natural England regarding our plans before making a formal application. “We have therefore contacted Natural England to arrange a meeting with their advisory service to discuss this application further.”