The Council Directive 80/68/EEC on groundwater pollution
The Council Directive 80/68/EEC on groundwater pollution caused by certain dangerous substances also aims at preventing or limiting the direct or indirect introduction to the groundwater of families or groups of dangerous substances.
List I substances include organohalogen, organophosphorus and organotin compounds; carcinogenic, mutagenic or teratogenic substances; mercury and cadmium compounds; mineral oils and hydrocarbons; and cyanides. List II substances (for which general investigation and authorization procedure are requested prior to direct discharges, disposal or tipping) include 20 metalloids and metal compounds, biocides and their derivatives not appearing on List I.
Member States shall take the necessary steps to:
(a) prevent the introduction into groundwater of substances in list I ; and
(b) limit the introduction into groundwater of substances in list II so as to avoid pollution of this water by these substances.
The Directive has been amended by:
-Directive 91/692/EEC of 23 December 1991 standardizing and rationalizing reports on the implementation of certain Directives relating to the environment further amended by Regulation 1882/2003/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 September 2003 adapting to Council Decision 1999/468/EC (Celex N°31999D0468) the provisions relating to committees which assist the Commission in the exercise of its implementing powers laid down in instruments subject to the procedure referred to in Article 251 of the EC Treaty.
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