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Ec Environmental Legislation

Volume 201: debated on Friday 20 December 1991

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list details of each of the cases in which the EC is taking action against the United Kingdom Government over alleged non-implementation of EC environmental legislation.

[holding answer 12 December 1991]: The European Commission has made applications to the European Court of Justice against the United Kingdom for alleged non-compliance with EC environmental legislation in the following cases:

  • Case 337/89 concerning various aspects of the implementation of directive 80/778/EEC on the quality of water for human consumption.
  • Case 56/90 concerning implementation of directive 76/169/EEC on the quality of bathing water at Blackpool, Southport and Formby.

The court has not yet issued a judgment in either case.

In addition, the Commission has delivered reasoned options under article 169 of the treaty of Rome to the United Kingdom in the following cases:

  • Case 211/89 concerning implementation of directive 80/779/EEC on air quality limit values and guide values for sulphur dioxide and suspended particulates.
  • Case 212/86 concerning implementation of directive 82/884/EEC on a limit value for lead in air.
  • Case 187/87 concerning compliance with directive 79/409/EEC on the conservation of wild birds in connection with the construction of a ski tow in part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest at Glas Maol, Glenshec, Scotland.
  • Case 354/88 concerning compliance with directive 80/68/EEC on the protection of groundwater against pollution caused by certain dangerous substances in connection with discharges from a waste depot in Pakefield, Suffolk.
  • Case 26/88 concerning compliance with directive 79/409/ EEC on the conservation of wild birds and Commission directive 85/411 /EEC replacing Annex I of directive 79/409/EEC in connection with the designation of habitats and other protection measures.
  • Case 387/87 concerning the application of directive 80/779/EEC on air quality limit values and guide values for sulphur dioxide and suspended particulates in Sunderland.
  • Case 147/90 concerning compliance with directive 85/337/EEC on assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment in connection with the disposal of waste material at Outlands Head Quarry, Derbyshire.