Spanish region authorised illegal emissions, court rules

The regional government of Asturias in north-west Spain has been ordered to tighten pollution limits in a permit granted to the coal-fired power station Soto de Ribera

The regional government of Asturias in north-west Spain has been ordered to tighten pollution limits in a permit granted to the coal-fired power station Soto de Ribera.

The Supreme Court of Asturias ruled that the permit approved by the government allowed the plant to emit levels of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and dust that are illegal under the EU’s Industrial Emissions Directive (IED).

In a statement, the Spanish environmental lawyers’ group IIDMA said the judgment should be a warning to other regional governments which have issued coal plant operating permits that breach the IED’s emission limits.

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