Court rap for Ireland on ozone-depleters

The European court of justice has censured Ireland for failing to implement EU controls on the ozone-depleting substances (ODSs). In a judgement on Tuesday the court said Ireland had not provided details of the amounts of ODSs recovered, recycled and destroyed under the law. Nor had it taken precautionary measures to minimise releases of methyl bromide, an agricultural pesticide. The European Commission brought the case because Ireland had failed to meet a December 2001 deadline to report on its progress with the legislation. See judgement in case C-406/03.

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