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4.5         Summary

Regulation to protect water quality is core to protecting public health and the environment. Many approaches are possible: the challenge now is perhaps to ensure that there is coherence between different activities. While the WFD greatly facilitates coherence in water management, activities around chemicals may not be so well aligned. For instance, efforts to reduce air pollution may lead to discharges to water when pollutants are filtered out of gaseous emissions. 

It should be understood that the cycling of chemicals “from cradle to grave” can lead to water pollution if not adequately managed. Long term strategies towards a circular economy and a non-toxic environment hold the promise of ceasing chemical pollution in future. However, for the medium term, practical approaches to preventing pollution by existing products and substances continue to be required.

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