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Weser, Elbe River Dredging May Face Curbs After EU Court Ruling

Posted on July 22, 2015

By Stephanie Bodoni and Nicholas Brautlecht

German plans to dredge the Weser and Elbe rivers risk being blocked unless they would avoid degrading water quality, the European Union’s highest court said.

Judges at the EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg said deterioration of a river is established “as soon as the status of at least one of the quality elements” as laid out inEU law “falls by one class, even if that fall does not result in a fall in classification of the body of surface water as a whole.”


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