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'Chemical cocktail’ polluting all English rivers


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Raw sewage, microplastics and slurry are coursing through all of England's rivers, putting health and nature at risk, a parliamentary report concludes.

Agriculture and water companies are the biggest contributors to this "chemical cocktail", the Environmental Audit Committee warns.

Car tyre particles, oils and wet wipes are also clogging waterways.

The environment minister said the report highlighted areas the government was currently tackling.


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Untreated sewage is being dumped illegally in rivers across the country on a regular basis, analysis shown to the BBC suggests.

It found seven water companies in England and Wales discharged untreated sewage into rivers and the sea more than 3,000 times between 2017 and 2021.

The water industry admitted action was needed to address the problem.


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More than two billion litres of raw sewage were dumped in the River Thames in just two days, according to a report.

Thames Water, which runs the Modgen water treatment works in Isleworth, admitted that an “unacceptable” amount of sewage had flowed into the river during a 48-hour period in October 2020.


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