MPs' warning to water companies over sex-changing chemicals in rivers.
Angling Trust is urging water companies to remove gender-bending
chemicals from waste water before they enter our rivers, backing a hard-hitting report put forward by MPs.
Trust 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 years.
“There is mounting evidence that these
endocrine-disruptor chemicals make fish change sex, can poison aquatic
organisms and damage ecosystems.
“Anglers have 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, have entered rivers via sewage discharges.
in a warning 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. It seems content instead to simply pass on the burdens of increased costs to its customers.”
European 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 gathered.