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German flood protection law finalised

Nearly two years after it was first proposed, final details of a new German flood protection law have been settled by a parliamentary arbitration committee. As proposed by the government, it will generally prohibit new industrial or housing development in areas susceptible to flooding (EED 02/07/04). However, nine classes of exemption have been introduced. They include communities being unable to develop other than expanding into flood-susceptible areas. The final version also makes German states responsible for guarding against soil erosion and water pollution from agriculture in flood risk areas. See press release.

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