Title: Environmental, economic and social impacts of the use of sewage sludge on land 
Resource Type: document --> technical publication --> report 
Country: European Union 
Year: 2009 
Availability: Consultation Report on Options and Impacts. Service contract No 070307/2008/517358/ETU/G4 
Author 1/Producer: European Commission 
Other Authors/Producers: RPA, Milieu Ltd and WRc 
Author / Producer Type: Agency, regulator or other governmental or inter-governmental body 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://circa.europa.eu/Members/irc/env/rev_sewage/home.  
Format (e.g. PDF): PDF 
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Diffuse pollution-->Processes
Diffuse pollution-->Regulation
Soil-->Soil quality
Short description: The Sewage Sludge Directive (86/278/EEC) could be said to have stood the test of time in that sludge recycling has expanded since its adoption without environmental problems. Since its adoption, however, several Member States have put in place stricter national requirements. Moreover, EC legislation has evolved in many related fields, such as chemicals regulation. Any revision should aim to retain the flexibility of the original Directive which has permitted sludge recycling to operate effectively across the wide range of agricultural and other environmental conditions found within the expanded EU. The aim of the study is to provide the Commission with the necessary elements for assessing the environmental, economic and social impacts, including health impacts, of present practices of sewage sludge use on land, provide an overview of prospective risks and opportunities and identify policy options related to the use of sewage sludge on land. This could lay the basis for the possible revision of Community legislation in this field. 
Link to Organisation(s): EC European Commission
Submitted By: Professor Paul Bardos WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 29/11/2009

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