Estonia to boost environmental fee levels

The Estonian cabinet has decided to considerably increase environmental fees, particularly on "major polluters and large-scale users of natural resources, the biggest of which is the oil shale energy sector". It agreed a new environmental fees act at the end of June, bringing together several regulations and establishing fees for the period 2006-2009. Existing fees have had lower environmental effects than expected, "as a result of inflation and other factors", Estonia's environment ministry said. See Estonian environment ministry and press release (in English).

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