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Dangerous Substances Directive

Community policy concerning dangerous or hazardous substances in European waters was introduced almost three decades ago by Council Directive on pollution caused by discharges of certain dangerous substances (Directive 76/464/EEC, codified as 2006/11/EC). Several substances were regulated in specific directives (also called 'daughter' directives, though they are stand-alone) in the 1980s by defining Community-wide emission limit values and quality objectives in surface waters.

As part of the restructuring of Community water policy, Directive 76/464/EEC was integrated into the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC in 2000, and Directive 76/464/EEC was repealed in 2013. The specific directives have been updated.

 

The legal acts on dangerous substances can be downloaded below in English.

Based on Article 6 of Council Directive 76/464/EEC, the Council set specific emission limit values and quality objectives for 17 substances of list I in five specific directives:

  • Council Directive 82/176/EEC on limit values and quality objectives for mercury discharges by the chlor-alkali electrolysis industry (OJ L 081, 27.03.1982, p. 29).
  • Council Directive 83/513/EEC on limit values and quality objectives for cadmium discharges (OJ L 291, 24.10.1983, p. 1).
  • Council Directive 84/156/EEC on limit values and quality objectives for mercury discharges by sectors other than the chlor-alkali electrolysis industry (OJ L 074, 17.03.1984, p. 49).
  • Council Directive 84/491/EEC on limit values and quality objectives for the discharges of hexachlorocyclohexane (OJ L 274, 17.10.1984, p. 11).
  • Council Directive 86/280/EEC as amended by 88/347/EEC and 90/415/EEC on limit values and quality objectives for discharges of certain dangerous substances included in List I of the Annex to Directive 76/464/EEC (OJ L 181, 04.07.1986, p. 16 (amended OJ L 158, 25.06.1988, p. 35 and OJ L 219, 14.08.1990, p. 49)).

Studies on the implementation of the Dangerous Substances Directive:

In 1990, the Commission proposed another 15 substances for regulation as a priority under 76/464/EEC. The Proposal for a Council Directive amending Directive 76/464/EEC on pollution caused by certain dangerous substances discharged to the aquatic environment of the Community (COM(90) 9 final of 2.2.1990, OJ C 55, 07.03.1990, p. 7). However, because of the proposals on revising the IPPC Directive (Integrated Prevention and Pollution Control, 96/61/EC, codified by Directive 2008/1/EC), the Proposal COM(90) 9 final was withdrawn by the Commission on 4.8.1993 (OJ C 228, 24.08.1993, p. 13).