WATER POLLUTION : DIRECTIVE ON PRIORITY SUBSTANCES FORMALLY ADOPTED.
The EU Council formally adopted, on 22 July, the directive updating the list of priority substances presenting a risk of pollution in surface waters. The decision follows the European Parliament vote of 2 July confirming last April's agreement between the two institutions. The directive will enter into force 20 days after its publication in the EU Official Journal and member states will have two years to transpose it into national law.
The new directive establishes tougher standards for supervising chemical pollution of water. Twelve new substances are added to the list of priority substances known to present a risk of pollution in surface waters. For these newly identified substances, the maximum acceptable concentrations in water set in the environmental quality standards (EQS) will enter into force in 2018. Member states will have to submit to the European Commission supplementary monitoring programmes and preliminary programmes of measures no later than 2018. The new EQS must also be included in river basin management plans by 2015 with a view to achieving good surface water chemical status for these substances by 2021.
The directive also establishes a new watch list for emerging products that may in the future present risks for water quality. This list includes for the first time three pharmaceutical products: two hormonal preparations (17-alphaethinylestradiol and 17-betaestradiol) and a painkiller (diclofenac).
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|Date:||Jul 26, 2013|
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