The European Commission has sent another letter of notice to Romania, this time not for the air in the capital Bucharest, but for its failure to comply with EU rules on urban waste water treatment in about 400 large urban areas.
On Thursday, June 7, the Commission decided “to send a letter of formal notice to Romania for its failure to comply with EU rules on urban waste water treatment (Council Directive 91/271/EEC) in large urban areas (i.e. agglomerations.
Following Romania’s accession to the EU, large agglomerations should have ensured adequate collection of urban waste water by 31 December 2013 and treatment by 31 December 2015. However, according to the latest data provided by the Romanian authorities, 189 large agglomerations are still not in conformity with the urban waste water collection obligations under EU law, while 198 large agglomerations do not comply with treatment obligations.
If Romania fails to act within two months, the cases may be referred to the Court of Justice of the EU.
Under EU law, towns and cities are required to put in place the necessary infrastructure in order to collect and treat their urban waste water. This is needed as untreated waste water can put human health at risk and pollute lakes, rivers, soil and coastal and groundwater.”
Two similar letters were sent by the EC to Cyprus and Estonia, too… / IBNA
Main Photo: Waste water treatment system