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EU:s ramdirektiv för vatten och dagvattenförorening

Author(s): Johanna Söderberg

Journal: Nordisk Miljörättslig Tidskrift
ISSN 2000-4273

Issue: 2011:1;
Start page: 3;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: ramvattendirektivet | dagvatten | miljökvalitetsnormer | åtgärdsprogram | Luleå

This article discusses the EU Water Framework Directive from a legal perspective, with special focus on the envi‐ronmental effects of stormwater. Efficient management of polluted stormwater is a crucial measure to take in order to obtain the objectives of the directive, in particular a “good water status”. However, analyses of legal material supplemented by interviews indicate an inefficient Swedish implementation. Although the Swedish Envi‐ronmental Code contains several legal management control measures that can be used to improve the handling of stormwater, the relevant provisions are not precise enough; they are leaving considerable room for discretionary judgements to the administrative authorities and municipalities involved. Furthermore, enforcement authorities fail to comply with the legal tasks to initiate reviews of old permits in order to adjust the conditions to the modern environmental requirements stipulated in the directive.

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