Italy condemned over European PCBs law

The European court of justice ruled today that Italy had breached the 1996 PCBs directive by not providing the European Commission with an inventory and disposal plan for the chemicals. The court backed advocate general Philippe Léger's straightforward rejection last year of Italy's defence, which stated that an EU method for detecting PCBs did not exist (EED 06/12/01). Its judgement said the directive explicitly authorised member states to use their own methods or one developed in the USA. See ruling in case C-46/01.

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