Implementation of EC rules for chlorinated chemicals in water

Regulations giving effect to the latest EC Directive on "black list" substances in the aquatic environment came into force on 20 March. The Department of the Environment (DoE) is still working up plans for pollution reduction programmes for small discharges of the four substances involved.

The EC Directive concerned was adopted in 1990. It sets discharge limits and environmental quality standards (EQSs) for ethylene dichloride, triand perchloroethyene, and tri-chlorobenzene. Member States were due to bring the Directive into force on 18 January, although the standards themselves need not be complied with until 1 January 1993 or, in some cases, later.

The regulations which give effect to the Directive apply only in England a

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