The German cabinet today adopted an ordinance governing the disposal of the electrical transformer fluids polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), transposing into national law a European directive a year-and-a-half after the deadline of March 1998. In July, the European Commission announced that it would launch court proceedings against Germany for non-transposition of the directive, having previously sent two warnings (ENDS Daily 16 July). Five other countries were simultaneously targeted in the move. The 1996 EU directive on PCBs (96/59) obliges member states to dispose of existing stocks of the persistent bioaccumulative chemicals "as soon as possible" and to create inventories of PCB-containing equipment. In a statement on the new ordinance, the German environment ministry stressed that operational requirements of the directive were already being complied with by Germany's states. The measure would simply introduce a federal legal framework, as required under EU law, the ministry said.
German environment ministry, tel: +49 30 28550.
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