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Parliamentary questions
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7 May 2010
by Elena Oana Antonescu (PPE)
to the Commission

 Subject: Quality of water in the EU
 Answer in writing 

It is necessary for public health reasons to ensure that water intended for human consumption is of high quality and it is necessary for all Member States to meet stringent water quality standards.

However, Directive 98/83/EC(1) on the quality of drinking water intended for human consumption does not specify the standards to be met with regard to a number of substances, including asbestos, uranium, 2,4-D, diquat, heptachlor, hexachlorobenzene, methoxychlor, etc. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the long-term absorption of such chemicals could lead to liver and kidney problems as well as an increased cancer risk.

Does the Commission intend to review the directive on the quality of drinking water and extend its scope to cover new substances and introduce new standards?

(1)OJ L 330, 5.12.1998, p. 32.

Original language of question: ROOJ C 138 E, 07/05/2011
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