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EU regulations governing Water Pollution – are you compliant?

After the Failure of Ringsend tank led to sewage discharge into Dublin Bay are you compliant with the regulations governing water pollution?

Rules governing the discharge of wastewater and the protection of water resources

At EU level, the discharge of wastewater and the protection of water resources are primarily regulated by:

  • the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC, as amended by Directive 2014/101/EU);
  • the Groundwater Directive (2006/118/EC, as amended by Directive 2014/80/EU); and
  • the Directive on Environmental Quality Standards (Water Policy) (2008/105/EC, as amended by Directive 2013/39/EU).

Non-compliance

Consequences of non-compliance with water pollution regulations

At EU level, the European Commission monitors member states to ensure that they closely adhere to the various targets and standards of EU law pertaining to water. If a member state does not implement EU law, the commission may initiate an infringement procedure based on Articles 258 and Article 260 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

At national level, member states must enforce the law, and enforcement procedures and sanctions are matters of national or regional law.

Source – Lexology – White & Case LLP

Verde Environmental Consultants has built a team of water resource assessment specialists who are focused on delivering quality hydrogeological services to our clients in industry.

Verde provide all aspects of hydrogeological services such as groundwater abstraction feasibility assessments, authorisation of discharges to groundwater technical assessments and water quality/level monitoring.

The development of sustainable groundwater resources is a key element in helping our clients to reduce costs associated with the use of water.

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