German agency urges tough EU soil controls

Germany's environment agency has urged the European Commission to develop precautionary, stringent and legally binding EU rules on soil protection. It warned against moves to make future rules "nothing more than uncontroversial minimum standards". According to agency official Claus Gerhard Bannick, the agency gained this impression from recent talks regarding soil protection involving environment officials from around the EU. Mr Bannick said that current German soil protection rules could serve as a model for the EU. The Commission is expected to propose an EU soil strategy by June 2005. See press release.

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