ARCHIVE: Key Facts about: Inland Water Quality and Use
Serious pollution incidents affecting water, air and land 2002 to 2008
England and Wales
|Category 1 incidents||82||94||114||99||86||70||74|
|Category 2 incidents||784||685||594||562||519||452||368|
|Category 1 incidents||31||17||16||8||5||8||2|
|Category 2 incidents||458||355||361||233||214||214||197|
|Category 1 incidents||6||6||7||6||3||3||3|
|Category 2 incidents||219||178||176||148||158||148||123|
Pollution incidents in England and Wales are investigated by the Environment Agency. The chart shows the number of incidents between 2002 and 2008 which had a major (Category 1) or significant (Category 2) impact on each of three media (water, land or air). Some incidents had an impact on more than one medium and appear in more than one column. Water, air and land results cannot be summed to give overall results because of double counting of incidents.
There were 723 serious (category 1 and 2) pollution incidents in 2008 – a 13 per cent reduction compared with 2007 figures. There was no reduction in the number of major (category 1) pollution incidents, but a 14 per cent reduction in significant (category 2) pollution incidents.
Pollution incidents have been decreasing steadily since 2002. The number of serious air pollution incidents declined by 44 per cent; land pollution incidents declined by 59 per cent; and water pollution incidents declined by 49 per cent.
- Environment Agency
- Key Facts:
- Category 1 and 2 pollution incidents
- Internet Links:
- For national and local information see:
- England and Wales: Environment Agency - Pollution Incidents
- Scotland: Scottish Environment Protection Agency – Water Pollution Incidents
- Northern Ireland: Environment and Heritage Service – Water Pollution
- Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland
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Page last modified: 14 January 2010
Page published: 16 August 2005