28/06/2013 - MP's Rocket to Water Companies over Gender-Bending Chemicals
MPs’ Rocket to Water
Companies over Gender-Bending Chemicals in Rivers
Trust today backed (June 24) a hard-hitting report by a powerful group of MPs
which urged water companies to remove gender-bending chemicals from waste water
before they get into rivers.
Chief Executive, Mark Lloyd said: “I am delighted that this all-party
Select Committee backs what the Trust has been calling for over the past few
mounting evidence that these endocrine disruptor chemicals make fish change
sex, can poison aquatic organisms and damage ecosystems.
traditionally been the environmental custodians of our rivers and waterways and
we have repeatedly highlighted and campaigned on this issue.”
In its new
report, the cross-party Science and Technology Committee said it was a “cause
for concern” that oestrogen-based chemicals in the contraceptive pill, and some
micro plastics, got into rivers via sewage discharges.
And in a
rocket to the water companies - which have threatened a £100 a year hike to
water bills if they are forced to act - the MPs said: “We are not convinced
that the industry is giving enough priority to developing innovative solutions
to improving water quality.
content instead to simply pass on the burdens of increased costs to its
Union is proposing new rules that would require all member states to invest in
treatment technology to remove chemicals from sewage effluent. The report
said the European Commission was right to consider banning more chemicals from
waste water but it called on the water companies to seek “innovative
solutions,” and prepare for possible regulation while more detailed evidence is
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