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Updated Response to Thames Tunnel Commission

Updated Response to Thames Tunnel Commission

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100-RG-CMN-00000-000004| 24 July 2012
Response to theThames Tunnel(Selborne) Commission
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Response to Thames Tideway Tunnel (Selborne)Commissioni
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Response to Thames Tideway Tunnel (Selborne)Commission1
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1.1.1 The Thames Tunnel (Selborne) Commission
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was set up in July 2011,sponsored by five London boroughs, Hammersmith and Fulham,Kensington and Chelsea, Richmond, Southwark and Tower Hamlets,under the chairmanship of The Earl of Selborne GBE FRS. Other members of the Commission included Professor Richard Ashley, HenryHenderson, Dr Jean Venables CBE and Dr.I R. Frans H.M. van de Ven.1.1.2 The stated aim and purpose of the Thames Tunnel Commission wasfourfold:a. review the findings of previous studies relating to the Thames TidewayTunnel and reassess the assumptions made in those studies in thelight of subsequent research and more up-to-date scientific knowledgeb. examine the recent responses of other world cities to the problems opollution, flooding and potential water shortagesc. consider evidence from stakeholders, experts in the field and other interested partiesd. reassess the options for addressing EU Directive 91/271/EC in thelight of developing international perspectives on wastewater management and in the light of the recent EU White Paper on Adaptation and Surface Water Management.1.1.3 In October 2011 the Commission published its findings
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, which favoured ashorter tunnel with "greener" options for preventing rain water entering thesewerage system, and suggested that such alternatives require further study and should be
“evaluated with equal consideration as the tunnel”
.1.1.4 Thames Water published a brief initial response
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to the Co
mmission‟s
report which explained
that, in the company‟s view, the Commission‟s
findings failed to provide a viable, economic or timely alternative to theproposed Thames Tideway Tunnel to tackle sewage discharges into theRiver Thames.1.1.5 This document provides Thames Water 
‟s full response to theCommission‟s report.
 
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