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An annual overview of actions via governmental and non-governmental companies pertaining to treatments for international pollutants, including clinical and technical stories containing surveys of toxins within the maritime surroundings.

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The first meeting of the panel is planned for October 1987. Report of the Scientific Group on Dumping The report was accepted and all items presented were then reviewed by the Meeting: • • Draft Guidelines on the application of the Annexes of Dredged Material were submitted by a joint group of experts of LDC/OSCOM. However, the Group of Experts' proposal that under exceptional circumstances permits could be issued for dumping dredged materials even if they did contain more than "trace amounts" was rejected for the time being; A review of the Annexes to LDC was carried out.

WHO has assumed responsibility for activites related to the monitoring of the microbiological quality of recreational waters and seafood. Participating laboratories were designated in two countries and identified in five more countries, followed by training of personnel and provision of microbiological equipment. Studies have been initiated on the health impact of elevated mercury levels in fish in the Mediterranean and in the Indian Ocean. 5 FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION (FAO) OF THE UN One of the concerns of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is the effects of pollution (marine and freshwater) on living aquatic resources and their habitat and with the contamination of food from the seas, rivers and lakes.

The Control of Pollution (Exemption of Certain Discharges from Control) (Variation) Order 1986 (SI 1623/1986) which came into operation in October 1986 (article 2(a)) and the Schedule in October 1987, varies the Control of Pollution (Exemption of Certain Discharges from Control) Order 1983. Section 32(l)ofthe Control of Pollution Act 1974 makes certain discharges of trade or sewage effluent unlawful if made without the consent of a water authority. This Order withdraws many of the exemptions from 15 October 1987 by substituting a new and more limited Schedule.

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