Spain complies with EU air quality rules

The Spanish government on Friday approved legislation setting tougher limit values for atmospheric pollutants and making monitoring and data publication methods compatible with EU requirements under the 1996 framework air directive and two daughter directives of 1999 and 2000. Sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulates, lead, benzene and carbon monoxide are covered by the new law. Spain has been condemned in the European court of justice for failing to implement the 1996 directive (EED 13/09/01) and is currently in the dock over the 1999 directive (EED 09/07/02). See press release.

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