Dutch parliament approves air quality law

Upper house backs new legislation to tackle air pollution hot-spots in the Netherlands

The Netherlands' upper parliamentary chamber backed a comprehensive new air quality law on Tuesday that mandates local authorities to establish remediation programmes for air pollution hot-spots.  Holland is not on track to meet existing EU particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide targets and will soon face tougher standards (EED 09/10/07). The law sets out how air pollution will be tackled in areas where EU norms are exceeded.  It will enter force in spring 2009 but implementation has already begun.  New infrastructure developments will be taken into account..  See environment ministry press release (in Dutch).

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