Second EU sludge study questions dioxin limits

A second study has suggested that draft European Commission proposals to place limits on dioxins, furans and PCBs in sewage sludge used for agricultural spreading are misplaced. A survey of organic contaminants in sludges published by the Commission today tallies with a recent analysis (EED 15/10/01) pointing to detergents as more worrying pollutants. It suggests that several member states, notably the UK, would have difficulty meeting limits on detergents suggested by the Commission last year. A two-day sludge science conference begins in Brussels on Tuesday. See Commission sludge contaminant study.

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