Liz Truss failed to have any meetings with water chiefs about dumping raw sewage in her two years as environment minister, even though the practice was illegal.
The incoming prime minister is likely to face new questions about her responsibility for the sewage scandal after records revealed that her only conversations were to discuss a bug linked to severe stomach upsets.
However, two years before Ms Truss took over the environment position in 2014, the United Kingdom Convicted of violating EU laws On the sewage in the waterways she was given five years to clean up her work.
Labor described the lack of meetings as “unbelievable”, accusing the favorite to lead the Conservative Party and her party of “treating Britain like an open sewer”.
Fergal Sharkey, clean water activist and former musician said independent: “This is very shocking – Gears is behaving like an absentee owner while water companies are tapping into a national resource.
“The government manipulated the system for the delivery of pollution control and supervision to the water industry, while the regulator was like a 12-year-old smoking behind school bike sheds.”
This revelation comes after Ms Truss was criticized for… Cut tens of millions of pounds of money to tackle water pollution While in the Environment Brief between 2014 and 2016.
Since 2016, raw sewage discharges in England and Wales have more than doubled, from 14.7 spill events per overflow to 29.3 in 2021, according to separate figures.
You’ve ruined your summer vacation By warning swimmers to stay out of the water On more than 50 Britain’s beaches, where privatized companies continue to pump sewage into the sea.
At party rallies, Ms Truss sought to blame regulators for the problem, accusing them of “mission creep” and saying of water companies: “They have to be better at dealing with pollution and we need to fix that.”
But Labor research reveals that only one of the more than 150 listed meetings she held when the environment secretary was with a water company — with United Utilities, to discuss the parasite Cryptosporidium.
Jim McMahon, Shadow Environment Secretary, said: “Liz Truss having only one conversation with a water company and none of them about sewage disposal is unbelievable.
“It shows a lack of leadership on a serious issue that is spoiling the beauty areas of our country and putting our health at risk.
“Given her actions in dismantling services that effectively protect our natural environment, resulting in an increase in sewage, it begs the question: What other touches of Liz Truss turn out to be crap?”
Hugo Tagolam, CEO of the Surfers Against Sewage campaign group, said: “Liz Truss has not only neutralized the regulator but enabled water companies to take advantage of a system that was never adequate for this purpose.
“Since privatization in 1989, the industry has ignored its mandate to invest in infrastructure upgrades, and instead has cut back on dividends and bonuses.”
During last Tuesday’s protest operations, Truss defended its cuts in pollution control funding – while water company chiefs were allowed to enjoy bountiful bonuses.
Its “efficiency” included a £24m reduction in environmental grants, including monitoring water companies to prevent raw sewage from being discharged, the National Audit Office said.
The Environment Agency has appealed for both the cuts and their power to properly monitor water companies — rather than allowing the industry to self-report discharges.
But Ms Truss replied, “There are a lot of things the Environment Agency was doing, which it shouldn’t have done,” – without specifying what it was doing.
The leadership candidate was asked to respond to criticism of her for not meeting with the water companies during the two-year period.