Due to summer peaks, illegal discharges and bad functioning wastewater treatment plants (WWTP’s) tourists on several European coasts are swimming in raw sewage. Brown foam, bandages, condoms and toilet paper are washing upon the shores in different European Member States, causing health risks for holiday makers.
A retention basin with a storage capacity of 50.000 m3 improves Marseilles wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) by enabling it to treat wastewater and storm water during periods of heavy rainfall. As a result of this new basin less untreated wastewater will threaten the Calanques National Park. The new retention basin is one of the SUEZ projects being showed to the international press on the eve of World Ocean Day.
Identifying and banning potentially harmful hormone disruptors is taking too long. At the end of 2015 the Genaral Court of the European Union ruled the European Commission (EC) breached EU law by failing to publish a definition for hormone-affecting chemicals. The European has to act quick and identify criteria for hormone disruptors in 2016.
The European vote to relicense glyphosate, a key ingredient in herbicides such as Monsanto’s multibillion-dollar brand Roundup, is postponed. Several EU countries don’t agree with the European commission to re-approve the weedkiller linked to cancer by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The license for glyphosate runs out in June.