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Posted by Richard Wednesday, September 01, 2004

If Mr Huhne wants yet another example of bad EU legislation, he need only look at the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC)flagged up this morning by an ever-willing BBC, which happily tells us that most countries fail to meet the standards set.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is equally happily chirping that “it could cost billions of pounds to achieve the EU targets”, which have to be met by 2015.

Yet this is on top of the estimated £16 bn needed to upgrade water and sewerage pipes (see earlier story) which is already leading to massively increased water bills, and up to £6.9 bn to provide a ring of incinerators to meet the requirements of the EU’s Landfill directive.

Yet all this legislation has been approved by Mr Huhne's precious European Parliament. Perhaps he can now explain how we pay the bills for his eco garbage.