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WFD priority substances: the state of progress

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This presentation takes stock on ongoing developments in Brussels as it concerns dangerous substances for the aquatic environment. As a conclusion, it lists some key issues of for The 2nd WFD planning cycle.

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WFD priority substances: the state of progress

  1. 1. CEEP Water Committee meeting Brussels, 16 April 2012 WFD PRIORITY SUBSTANCES The current state of progress Frédéric de Hemptinne Sustainable Synergies www.sustainable-synergies.eu16/04/2012 CEEP water Committee 1
  2. 2. What is a priority substances?Key characteristics of danger:• toxic,• persistent,• liable to bio-accumulationDischarges to be phased out or to be reducedThese are not the only substances dangerous forthe aquatic environment. Others must beaddressed at national or basin level.16/04/2012 CEEP water Committee 2
  3. 3. KEY ISSUES• Classification• Emissions control – Diffuse sources (chemical policy, BEP) – Punctual sources (BAT)• Environmental quality standards• Monitoring• Measurement16/04/2012 CEEP water Committee 3
  4. 4. HISTORY• Directive 76/464/EEC and daughter directives• Directive 2000/60/EC “WFD”• DECISION No 2455/2001/EC (annex X)• Directive 2008/105/EC (EQS, mixing zones, inventory of emissions, Review of annex X)• Commission Directive 2009/90/EC “QA /QC”• COM(2011) 875 (review of annex X, creation of a watch list)16/04/2012 CEEP water Committee 4
  5. 5. WHAT IS GOING ON EQS are to be met by 2021 (end of 2nd cycle) Current activities in CIS 2011-12 • Implementation of the QA/QC directive • Revision of annex X • EQS derivation /compliance assessment • mixing zones • Inventory of PS emissions at basin level • Potential measures for emission control16/04/2012 CEEP water Committee 5
  6. 6. WHAT IS COMING NEXT16/04/2012 CEEP water Committee 6
  7. 7. POINTS FOR DISCUSSION• Is there a conflict between drinking water and waste water services? What’s about sludge?• How to control emissions (REACH, IED)?• How to deal with ubiquitous pollutants ?• How to deal with hazardous substances which are not classified?• Risks assessment and mitigation (i.e. nanos, pharmaceutical)16/04/2012 CEEP water Committee 7

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