MEPs vote to weaken water quality proposal

The parliament’s environment committee has rejected the establishment of environmental quality standards for three pharmaceutical substances

The parliament’s environment committee has backed the inclusion of three drugs in a list of chemicals regulated under water legislation but it rejected the establishment of environmental quality standards (EQSs) for each one of them.

This is a weakening compared with the European Commission’s initial proposal, which recommended EQSs for two substances used in contraceptive pills (E2 and EE2) and anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac.

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