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MEP vote to reject giving pharmaceuticals EQSs by Nick Boley

At a  recent meeting of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee, MEPs rejected the proposal by the European Commission to give 3 pharmaceuticals environment quality standards (EQSs). These 3 substances – diclofenac, E2 and EE2 (the latter two are found in the contraceptive pill) – will be monitored but not restricted. 12 other chemicals were proposed for restriction and given EQSs, and the MEPs agreed with these.

The proposed levels at which these three pharmaceuticals would be permitted in water were so low that reliable measurement (and hence enforcement) would be extremely challenging, even to the most advanced laboratories in the EU.

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