Council Decision 75/437/EEC on Marine Pollution from Land-based Sources
The Council Decision 75/437/EEC on Marine Pollution from Land-based Sources approves on behalf of the Community the "Paris Convention" which aims at preventing pollution of the north-east Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, the North and Baltic Seas and part of the Mediterranean Sea from land-based sources.
Three categories of polluting substances are listed in the Annex; a first group of substances (Annex A, Part I) which should be eliminated, includes persistent chemical groups such as e.g. organohalogen compounds, mercury, cadmium and persistent hydrocarbon compounds; a second group of substances (Annex A, Part II) of which the pollution should be limited, includes less persistent organic compounds and certain heavy metals. The chemical forms of elements appear in this Part II and concern in particular organic compounds of phosphorus, silicon, and tin and substances which may form such compounds in the marine environment, excluding those which are biologically harmless, or which are rapidly converted in the sea into substances which are biologically harmless, and the following elements and their compounds: arsenic, chromium, copper, lead, nickel and zinc.