Eawag supports introduction of effect-based environmental quality criteria
At the end of November, the Federal Council has sent the new risk-based required limits for biocides, plant protection products and other micro-pollutants within the Water Protection Ordinance in consultation. The Ecotox Centre has derived these values on behalf of the Federal Office for the Environment. While for a part of the substances the new requirements are below the previous values of 0.1 µg/L for organic plant protection products and biocides, for another part of the substances they exceed this value. A new Eawag fact sheet shows why the new values are meaningful and necessary.