EU proposes increased transparency on sewage sludge

Saturday, September 1st, 2018

The European Commission is proposing to oblige publication of information about sewage sludge quantities, quality, treatment and where the sludge has been applied (on which fields). This is included in the proposed new EU Regulation aligning environmental reporting obligations. This is conform to the Aarhus Convention and the Directive 2003/4/EC on public access to environmental information. The collection of this information is already obligatory today under art. 10 of the EU Sludge Directive 86/278. The new proposal modifies this article to require that the information already today collected about sewage sludge must now be made publicly available. There are also some other new specifications in point (e) on “other information” and new requirements to standardise the software formats used for mapping of the collected data.

Proposed new Regulation “on the alignment of reporting obligations in the field of environment policy …” COM(2018)381 – 2018/0205(COD), 31st May 2018