This research for the European Commission supported the transition from the Dangerous Substances Directive (76/464) to the Water Framework Directive. The main tasks of the research were to:
- Investigate the current state of pollution from discharges of List I and II substances in the European Union (EU) and Accession Countries
- Examine the implementation of the Dangerous Substances Directive.
- Evaluate the daughter directives made under the Dangerous Substances Directive to determine whether these need to be maintained, updated or repealed
- Prepare guidelines for establishment of Pollution Reduction Programmes. WRc is participated in the European Impacts and Pressures Group (IMPRESS) to ensure guidance developed was compatible with measures required under Article 11 of the Water Framework Directive.
The teams undertaking the research were: Soil and Water, Finland; LNEC, Portugal; ECOLAS, Belgium; NERI, Denmark; National Centre for Marine Research, Greece.
This research has enabled a smooth transition from the Dangerous Substances Directive to the Water Framework Directive throughout Europe.