Nine EU states apply for air quality derogation

Governments argue for delay in compliance with EU particulate matter limit from 2005 to mid-2011

Nine EU states have applied to delay compliance with EU air quality limits on particulate matter from 2005 until mid-2011. Governments had until the end of October to request derogations under the revised Cafe air quality law (EED 12/06/08).

Requests have been submitted to the European commission by the Netherlands (EED 03/07/08), Denmark (EED 25/09/08), Spain, Belgium, France, Greece, Hungary, Poland and the Slovak Republic. The commission expects "several" more submissions to arrive after the deadline.

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