Italy faces court rap over PCBs

Italy has failed to implement an EU law designed to lessen impacts from waste equipment contaminated with toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), European court judge Philippe Léger said today. In an opinion to the full court, Mr Léger rejected the Italian government's argument that it could not submit inventories of PCB volumes and contaminated equipment, as required under a 1996 directive, because an EU method of measuring them had not been approved. The European Commission has pursued almost all EU states over the law (EED 14/04/00). See European court of justice opinion in case C-46/01.

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