EU states urged to bridge water compliance gap

Report highlights wide variations in pollution reduction programmes, urges more coherent approach

An independent study released by the European Commission has highlighted wide variations in how EU member states have implemented a key section of a 1976 directive on water pollution by dangerous substances. Consultancy WRc urges governments to improve the situation in preparation for the law's replacement by the 2000 water framework directive.

The study focuses on article 7 of the dangerous substances directive, which requires member states to reduce pollution by so-called "list II" hazardous substances. In particular, this should involve creating substance-specific pollution reduction programmes and requiring prior authorisation with emission standards for any operation that will discharge list II substances.

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