Title: Waste Water Charges Act 
Resource Type: document --> policy documents 
Country: Germany 
Year: 2000 
Availability: Published by INTER NATIONES D-53175 Bonn, 2000 2nd Edition Editor: Sigrid Born Production: Ilona Orthen Printed by: Druckpartner Moser Druck + Verlag GmbH, Rheinbach Produced in the Federal Republic of Germany 
Author 1/Producer: Federal Republic of Germany 
Author / Producer Type: Agency, regulator or other governmental or inter-governmental body 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://www.goethe.de/in/download/dengl/umwelt-e.pdf  
Format (e.g. PDF): PDF 
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Groundwater protection-->Groundwater protection overview
Water and sanitation-->Water and sanitation
Water and sanitation-->Water and sanitation Overview
Water resources and their management -->Water resources and their management Overview
Long description: The Wastewater Charges Act of 1976 provides that a charge shall be payable when wastewater is discharged directly into a body of water. The charge is the first eco-tax levied at the federal level as a steering instrument. It ensures that the polluter-pays principle is applied in practice, since it requires direct discharges to bear at least some of the costs that their use of the environmental medium water involves. The charge is determined on the basis of the quantity and harmfulness of specific constituents discharged into the water. 
Submitted By: Maike Hauschild WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 18/11/2004

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