The Environment Committee of the MEPs voted yesterday in favour of adding three pharmaceutical substances to the EU surface water risk list for the first time. MEPs also agreed on a "watch list" of 25 other chemicals that could pose a threat to surface waters.

As rapporteur Richard Seeber (EPP, AT) stated: "The watch list mechanism is an effective way to break the existing conundrum between the necessity of monitoring substances in order to regulate them, and of regulating ...

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