Danish regions given sewage plan deadline

Environment minister, regions meet after damning report on sewage distribution practices

Danish regional authorities have been told to deliver a plan of action for regulating agricultural use of sewage sludge by 25 December following a meeting with environment minister Svend Auken on Monday. Last week, Mr Auken threatened to take away regional authorities' powers over sludge management after an Environmental Protection Agency study showed that half of them did not properly supervise distribution and application by farmers, raising serious concern for the quality of surface waters (ENDS Daily 31 October). At Monday's meeting, Mr Auken and Evan Jensen of the National Association of Regional Governments discussed how to improve communications within and between authorities, especially for controlling sludge transfers between jurisdictions. Following delivery of the new plan, the environment ministry is to review the situation next spring, and could take further measures if improvements have not been made.

Follow Up:
Danish environment ministry, tel: +45 33 92 76 00; National Association of Regional Governments, tel: +45 33 12 27 88.

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