August 2005

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: EU framework for water quality impacts downstream operations

The European Commission's Water Framework Directive (WFD) was intended to replace a patchwork of other legislation, often overlapping and even contradictory, on various aspects of water management and..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The European Commission's Water Framework Directive (WFD) was intended to replace a patchwork of other legislation, often overlapping and even contradictory, on various aspects of water management and quality. It has been hailed as one of the most far-reaching and comprehensive pieces of water legislation in the world. Issues covered include surface and groundwater quality (both chemical and "ecological"), water resource management, costs of water and minimum standards required. According to CONCAWE, the HPI's European organization for environment, health and safety, the directive introduced two concepts new to most European countries: 1) the notion of water bodies within rive

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