, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 89-93
Date: 04 Mar 2009

Sediments and priority substances in river basins

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Environmental quality standards for sediment and/or biota

On December 24, 2008, the Directive 2008/105/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on environmental standards in the field of water policy was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (Anonymous 2008a). One of the amendments of the original European Water Framework Directive (WFD) 2000/60/EC (Anonymous 2000; Quevauviller 2007) refers to the need to improve the knowledge and data available on sources of priority substances and ways in which pollution occurs in order to identify targeted and effective control options. In particular, this includes reliable long-term trend analysis of those priority substances that tend to accumulate in sediment and/or biota. Article 3 ‘Environmental Quality Standards’ of the new directive finally confirms the proposal of 21 June 2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council (Anonymous 2007a) that “Member States may opt to apply EQS for sediment and/ ...