Title: Chapter 1.2 Chemical Monitoring of Surface Waters
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Publication Year: 2008
JRC N°: JRC40641
ISBN: 978-0-470-51836-6
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC40641
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: A strategy for dealing with pollution of water from chemicals is set out in Article 16 of the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC (WFD). As a first step of this strategy, a list of priority substances was adopted (Decision 2455/2001/EC) identifying 33 substances or groups of substances of priority concern at Community level. Recently, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a new Directive to protect surface water from pollution (COM(2006)397 final). The proposed Directive will set limits on concentrations in surface waters of 41 dangerous chemical substances including 33 priority substances and 8 other pollutants that pose a particular risk to animal and plant life in the aquatic environment and to human health. The proposal is accompanied by a Communication (COM(2006)398 final) which elaborates on this approach and an Impact Assessment (SEC(2006)947), which illustrates the choices that the Commission made. In addition, the WFD requires Member States to identify specific pollutants in their river basins, and to include them in the monitoring programmes. Monitoring of both WFD priority substances and other pollutants for the purpose of determination of the chemical and ecological status shall be performed according to Article 8 and Annex V of the WFD. The book chapter deals with the guidelines for chemical monitoring available at the current state of preparation for the upcoming directive on Environmental quality standards.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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