DoE sets out key issues in revised EC drinking water rules

The UK's attempts to weaken the present EC limits for pesticides in drinking water are being opposed by most Member States, officials from the Department of the Environment (DoE) told an inquiry by the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Communities in November. The UK is also challenging on both scientific and economic grounds the European Commission's proposed limits for disinfection by-products and compounds leached from water pipes lined with coal tar. But officials were unable to say whether the Government would take any action to deal with the biggest public health risk from drinking water - lead from domestic plumbing systems.

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