The proposed Directive on environmental quality standards in water policy is the final major piece of legislation needed to support the Water Framework Directive
Limits are set for 33 chemical pollutants listed by the Water FD,
along with limits for 8 substances covered by earlier legislation
that will be repealed.
The substances include metals, pesticides, biocides, industrial chemicals, pollutants such as polyaromatic hydrocarbons and the flame retardant penta-BDE.