MEPs back international air quality laws

The European Parliament has approved amendments to international air quality laws which control emissions of harmful substances

The European Parliament has approved amendments to international air quality laws which control emissions of harmful substances.

Changes to the 1998 Aarhus Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and Heavy Metals were agreed by the UN in 2009, but have not all been ratified by the EU to date.

The amendments cover seven new substances, update implementation requirements for several substances, update restrictions for dioxin and furan emissions from several sources, and add polychlorinated biphenyls to the substances affected by total annual emission restrictions and reporting obligations.

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