Environmental Standards

The Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) and Groundwater Daughter Directive (2006/118/EC) (GDD) require Member States to prevent inputs of hazardous substances into groundwater subject to various exemptions. The documents below set out the list of standards that can be used to assess inputs of hazardous substances into groundwater.

 

Publication Date: 
12-January-2017
Advisory Group: 
UKTAG

Following a consultation that ended on 28th February 2013,  UKTAG has finalised its recommendations on 1) biological standards for rivers, lakes, coastal and estuaries and 2) phosphorus standards for rivers.

Publication Date: 
30-October-2013
Publication Status: 
Final
Advisory Group: 
UKTAG

The Final Recommendations on Environmental Standards following phase 3 of the review have been published (November 2013).  This report includes zinc standards. 

Publication Date: 
04-November-2013
Publication Status: 
Final
Advisory Group: 
UKTAG

UKTAG requested Freshwater Task Team to develop acidification environmental standards based on new biological methods and additional evidence that has become available since the last round of standard setting in 2006.

Publication Date: 
02-April-2012
Advisory Group: 
UKTAG

The assessment of compliance of surface waters with environmental quality standards (EQSs) for metals has to deal with a number of issues that do not apply to other substances.

Publication Date: 
01-June-2012
Advisory Group: 
UKTAG

The UK Technical Advisory Group (UKTAG) has commissioned a programme of work to derive Environmental Quality Standards (EQSs) for substances falling under Annex VIII of the Water Framework Directive (WFD).

Publication Date: 
18-March-2013
Publication Status: 
Draft Final
Advisory Group: 
UKTAG

The UK Technical Advisory Group (UKTAG) has commissioned a programme of work to derive Environmental Quality Standards (EQSs) for substances falling under Annex VIII of the Water Framework Directive (WFD).

Publication Date: 
01-May-2012
Publication Status: 
Draft Final
Advisory Group: 
UKTAG

This report provides estimates of ambient background concentrations (ABCs) for several metals and one metalloid in UK freshwaters.

Publication Date: 
01-May-2012
Advisory Group: 
UKTAG

In 2005, the Environment Agency performed an exercise on behalf of the UK Technical Advisory Group (UKTAG) to prioritise the Dangerous Substances Directive (DSD) 76/464/EEC L

Publication Date: 
01-April-2012
Advisory Group: 
UKTAG

The aquatic environment is sensitive to damage from a wide range of chemicals.

Publication Date: 
01-September-2008
Advisory Group: 
UKTAG

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