Steve Double MP: ‘Protect Our Waves APPG to urge Environment Agency to use tighter legal limits on combined sewage overflows’

Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay, has today, in his capacity of Chairman for the Protect Our Waves All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), urged the Environment Agency to use tighter legal limits on combined sewage overflows.

Commenting, Steve said:

“Today we heard first-hand from our friends at local Cornish charity Surfers Against Sewage, experts representing the scientific community, the shellfish industry, the water sports sector and from a young water user who recently fell seriously ill after bathing in contaminated water, accounts about the need for tighter regulations governing combined sewer overflows.”

“I am pleased that after hearing this evidence, the Protect Our Waves APPG has decided to support Surfers Against Sewage and the Sewage Free Seas call for strict legal limits of a maximum of 3 spills from sewage systems into bathing water per bathing season and no more than 10 annually impacting any single bathing water. We will be writing to the Environment Agency, urging them to take action.”

 

“The Protect Our Waves APPG will be joining calls that the Environment Agency make the water industry clean up its act and clamp down once and for all on these spillages, which can have such a negative impact on the beautiful seas and coastline of places like Cornwall.”