European Court rules on dangerous substances in water
In two judgments decided the same day, the European Court of Justice has held that EC legislation governing discharges of dangerous substances into water is not confined to direct discharges but should be interpreted as encompassing less direct inputs as well. The cases concerned the key 1976 Directive on dangerous substances, and, although the European Court has ruled on most other key areas of Community water law, this appears to be the first time it has considered this particular Directive. The cases arose out of referrals from the Dutch Council of State, but the decisions are of relevance to all Member States.
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