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Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Commission keeps watch over water quality

As new forms of chemical pollution could threaten improvements in water quality, the Commission proposes to add 15 chemicals to the current 33 pollutants that are controlled in EU surface waters. The 15 substances include industrial chemicals as well as substances used in biocides, pharmaceuticals and plant protection products. The selection has been made on the basis of scientific evidence that these may pose a significant risk to health. Janez Potočnik, Environment Commissioner has welcomed this advance as “it is clearly answering people's expectations”
The Commission will revise the Directive on priority substances in the field of water quality to do this update. For six of the 15 new priority substances the classification proposed would require their emissions to water to be phased out within 20 years. The proposal also includes stricter standards for four currently controlled substances, and a requirement to phase out the emissions of two others already on the list.

Source: European Commission