New draft Groundwater Regulations
24 November 2009
New regulations are published in draft which will give effect to the revised Groundwater Directive of 2006, itself a Daughter Directive to the Water Framework Directive of 2000. They aim to strengthen the control and prevention of pollution of groundwater from hazardous substances and non-hazardous pollutants.
List I and List II will be replaced by lists of hazardous substances and non-hazardous pollutants to be prepared by Member States. With transitional provisions and exemptions, radioactive substances are to be brought within the groundwater regulation system of control. The whole regime will become part of the Environmental Permitting framework.