wednesday, 9 november of 2016

EU sues Germany over environmental standards

The European Commission has filed suit against Germany alleging that the country violated the 1991 Directive concerning nitrate levels in water.

The EU argues that Germany flouted the directive by failing to reduce levels of nitrate in ground water "despite being obligated to address the issue by 2012," and some levels are higher today than they were even four years ago particularly in Berlin. If the EU is successful, Germany could have to pay fines up to six figures.

Water rights have been a major concern over the last year, particularly water contamination.

In March Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan was served with a class action lawsuit over the water contamination in Flint, Michigan. In February BP supervisors were found not guilty of a Clean Water Act violation after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Also in February the US Supreme Court blocked the EPA's Clean Power Plan, which meant to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

In December a federal appeals court preserved the EPA's Mercury regulations that limit mercury and other hazardous pollutants from coal-fired power plants.

In October the Sixth Circuit temporarily stayed the EPA's new Clean Water Rule for the Clean Water Act.

(Published by Jurist - November 7, 2016)

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