United Kingdom: ‘Water rats’ to carry on polluting

Times (UK): BRITAIN'S "water rats' -- the giant utility companies -- have been given permission to carry on polluting beaches just as families start digging out buckets and spades for the summer holidays. The government's Planning Inspectorate has rejected an attempt by the Environment Agency to impose regulations on 4,200 outlets that pump raw sewage into the sea and rivers. It means the water companies -- which together recorded profits of £1.8 billion in 2008-09 -- have again escaped ......

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