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Strictest targets pledged to tackle England sewage discharges

Strictest targets pledged to tackle England sewage discharges

Science
The government has published a plan to reduce sewage discharges into England's rivers and the sea, promising the "strictest targets ever".Water firms will have to deliver the "largest infrastructure programme in water company history", it says.Last week pollution warnings were in place on nearly 50 beaches after heavy rainfall led to water companies discharging untreated sewage.The Liberal Democrats branded the new plan a "cruel joke".They said consumers would pay for "the mess made by water companies".Water companies discharged untreated sewage into rivers in England more than 400,000 times in 2020, according to official figures.The Liberal Democrats called the government's targets "flimsy", predicting they would still allow 325,000 sewage dumps a year in 2030. French anger at UK sewage d...
Liverpool to get strictest lockdown rules as PM divides England into three COVID alert levels

Liverpool to get strictest lockdown rules as PM divides England into three COVID alert levels

Business
A new three-tier system of coronavirus restrictions is being introduced in England, Boris Johnson has announced, with Liverpool put in the highest tier.The Local COVID Alert Levels - "medium", "high" and "very high" - will be implemented in different areas depending on local infection rates. The move, planned to come into force on Wednesday, is aimed at simplifying the range of different COVID-19 restrictions that were already in place across various parts of England.Live updates on coronavirus from US, UK and around the world Image: Boris Johnson told MPs he could not 'let the virus rip' across the country There were 13,972 new cases of coronavirus in the UK announced on Monday, with 50 more deaths recorded of people who tested posit...