Brussels drafts next "black list" rules, curbs on paper industry

The next proposal for an EC Directive on discharges of "black list" substances is likely to deal with organotins and organophosphorus compounds, a written answer to the European Parliament has revealed. And the European Commission is also drafting a proposal to curb pollution from the paper industry.1

The last "black list" Directive, setting discharge limits and environmental quality standards (EQSs) for four organochlorine compounds, was adopted in 1990. No further proposal of this kind has since been made by Brussels, although in 1990 it did issue a draft Directive proposing that any further Directives in the series should be open to adoption by qualified majority vote, as well as a "priority list" of 16 black list compounds (ENDS Report

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