MORE UK BEACHES TO FAIL EU WATER QUALITY TESTS UNDER NEW REGULATIONS
The United Kingdom's Environment Agency is predicting a decrease in the number of English beaches where water quality will obtain the highest rating of "excellent" following the tightening of European Union (EU) regulations. The agency estimates that 25, or 7%, of England's beaches will be classified as "poor." Only 1% failed the test last year. The number would set a record under EU regulations. The new standards, which went into effect this year, cut acceptable bacteria levels by half relative to the old regulations. Officials downplayed the cost of meeting the standards in the near future, pointing to a price tag of about $23 million compared to a previous investment in bathing water quality of $2.3 billion. For the full story, see http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-32739655.