30 July 2013 – 22 October 2013
The European Commission, Directorate-General Environment, is inviting views on the revision of Annexes I and II of the Groundwater Directive (2006/118/EC). This is the first time these Annexes have been reviewed and citizens, organisations and public authorities with knowledge of the Directive have until 22 October 2013 to comment. Read more...
The Groundwater Directive on the protection of groundwater against pollution and deterioration is a daughter directive of the Water Framework Directive (WFD, 2000/60/EC). Its purpose is to establish specific measures to prevent and control groundwater pollution. Article 10 of the Directive requires the Commission to review Annexes I and II every six years and come forward with legislative proposals, if appropriate.
Annex I covers groundwater quality standards and Annex II covers other pollutants and indicators of pollution for which Member States are required to establish threshold values in case they identify a risk of pollution. The Annexes set out Europe-wide environmental quality standards for pollutants and a minimum list of pollutants and indicators for which Member States should consider establishing threshold values. They provide guidelines for the establishment of those values and on information to be provided by Member States on the pollutants and indicators.
The consultation includes specific questions on four particular issues. These are the scientific and technical update of substances covered under the Directive, comparability of threshold values across Member States, transparency and reporting on the assessment of groundwater chemical status, and knowledge gaps relating to the occurrence and risk assessment of substances of concern, including emerging environmental contaminants.
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