Britain's 'greenest ever' bid to host the 2012 Olympics could be scuppered by legal action from the European Union over unacceptable levels of raw sewage in the Thames. The action, under the European Commission 1991 Urban Waste Water Directive, was prompted by the 20Mt of sewage, paper, condoms and syringes discharged from storm water overflows into the river. The long term solution proposed by Thames Water, a £2bn 40km long, 7.5m wide tunnel under the river, has been opposed by the Treasury and Ofwat, which fear it will drive up water rates.
The leak of 83,000 litres of nuclear liquor from a ruptured pipe at Thorp reprocessing plant, Sellafield, is Britain's worst nuclear accident for 13 years.
Human and engineering errors are blamed for the leak which lay undiscovered for nine months.