ECJ clarifies obligations under water pollution law

European court says all fish farms are required to seek prior authorisation under 2006 dangerous substance directive

Operators of fish farms discharging substances such as ammonia and nitrites into water are required to seek prior authorisation under a 2006 directive on dangerous substances in water (EED 06/02/06), EU judges said on Thursday.

The European court of justice (ECJ) was asked to interpret the directive in a case brought in France by green group ANPER-TOS.  The group called on French judges to annul a decree exempting fish farms with an annual production capacity of less than 20 tonnes from the requirement.

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