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France censured over sewage treatment failure

An advisor to the European court of justice has recommended that France be condemned for failing to properly implement the EU's 1991 urban wastewater treatment directive. Upholding complaints brought by the European Commission, advocate general Leendert Geelhoed said Paris should have classified several rivers, estuaries, coastlines and bays in the Seine, Loire, Rhone and Somme catchments as susceptible to eutrophication. It therefore should have introduced stricter sewage treatment standards there. Earlier this year the Commission began a separate action against France on the same law (EED 13/01/04). See opinion in case C-280/02.

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