France takes further action to cut PCBs in water

Plan includes tighter controls on releases as inventory shows high levels in major river basins

The French government is to take further action to reduce the levels of toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and related PCTs in water after an inventory showed high concentrations in three major river basins.  

The government will carry out further analysis to find out whether PCBs are still being released from contaminated sites that have been cleaned-up or contained.  It also wants to step up decontamination and disposal of equipment containing the substance.  Under EU law member states have until 2010 to finish the task (EED 14/04/00).

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