France to transpose EU drinking water law
The French government yesterday approved plans to transpose the 1998 EU drinking water quality directive. In particular, the directive's tougher limits for nitrates and lead are likely to pose a challenge. This summer, France was warned by the European Commission that lead levels infringed earlier, 1980 standards, in several French cities (EED 26/07/01), and the country has well-known problems with excessive nitrate levels in rural areas due to intensive agriculture. A new, wide-ranging water law is due to be debated by parliament in January (EED 28/06/01). See French health ministry.
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